A Healthy New Year

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With 2007 already under way, health and well-being are on the minds of many.

Dr. Ciro Sumaya of School of Rural Public Health says, "the best gift that parents can do for their children is to review their immunization records and make sure they are up to date. It's extremely important for the child."

Sumaya says parents can prevent a potentially deadly virus by keeping their kids up to date on immunizations and vaccines.

For those who thought they were done with immunizations for their children. Not so fast. There is one relatively new vaccine that parents need to be aware of for girls between the ages of 11 and 26.

"The Human Paillomavirus vaccine is kind of a very innovative new vaccine, because it's to prevent cancer. You might say the first time something is so effective, that you can give this vaccine," said Sumaya. "It won't completely prevent all the types of cervical cancer but we think it'll be the vast majority of those."

However children and young adults aren't the only ones that need to stay on top of immunizations. The Centers for Disease Control recommends that adults over the age of 60 be vaccinated against shingles.

"In the adult, particularly the elderly adult, the virus that's been in our bodies for years since we were a child comes out again and becomes active in the form of shingles and it inflames the nerves and parts of the bodies and can be very painful," said Sumaya.

It's a new year full of new vaccinations.
And a simple prick may save you from a whole lot of pain and sickness.