Vaccination concept. Female doctor vaccinating young man

16 Oct: Adult Vaccinations

This month we will discuss adult vaccinations, and when and what you need. This is a question I hear from my patients daily. There are four routine vaccines given to adults. These include the seasonal Influenza (Flu) vaccine, Pneumococcal (pneumonia) vaccine, Herpes zoster (shingles) vaccine and a booster diphtheria/tetanus (Td) vaccine (adding pertussis (Tdap) once).
Doctor or nurse taking a patient's blood pressure

16 Oct: High Blood Pressure

This month we will discuss high blood pressure. Roughly 25%-30% of adults have high blood pressure. Because there are no initial symptoms, 30% do not know they have it. The risk for death and disability from cardiovascular disease doubles for every 20/10 mmHg elevation in blood pressure. High blood pressure and its complications cost the U.S. economy more than $100 billion each year.
Man with allergy or an infection sneezing

13 Oct: Seasonal Allergies

This month we will discuss seasonal allergies. Spring will be here soon but I see it all year long in Dallas. Dallas is the second worst city for allergies in the country (Tulsa is number one). According to the National Center for Health Statistics, about 26 million Americans endure chronic seasonal allergies, while the number of people with milder symptoms may be as high as 40 million. One study puts the annual costs ...