Pneumococcal disease can lead to pneumonia, infection of the blood, middle-ear infection, sinus infection and even meningitis — potentially causing hearing loss, blindness, seizures and death. It infects about 1 million Americans annually.
This week, a CDC committee will review the agency’s position on vaccination for this disease.
The panel should endorse keeping the current CDC recommendation that older Americans receive the vaccine, writes an official with LeadingAge Georgia, an advocacy group for seniors.
“Not only are pneumococcal vaccinations critically important for older adult populations as individuals’ immune systems change and decline, but they are particularly crucial given the nationwide caregiver shortages,’’ writes Jacque ...
At the end of the Georgia ballot this year is a referendum that, if approved, would help nonprofits provide permanent housing to homeless people with mental illness.
Referendum B would allow a property tax exemption for nonprofit housing of these individuals in residences that get tax credit financing from for-profit business entities.
3Keys is one such organization that would benefit from the proposal. It’s a nonprofit that provides 477 residential units in Fulton and DeKalb counties for people with mental illness who have been homeless. Supportive services are offered to the residents.
Because it used a ...
Vaping devices have been marketed as a safer alternative to smoking cigarettes.
But a new GHN Commentary argues they are anything but safe. Melanie Dallas, CEO of Highland Rivers Health, says inhaling the chemically enhanced water vapor that these devices produce can expose a person to any number of risky substances.
“One of the biggest dangers of vaping – you can never be sure what you’re getting,’’ she writes. “Retailers may sell you something they call ‘synthetic marijuana,’ but you have no way of knowing what chemicals are actually in that vape cartridge, how harmful they might be or how your body will react ...
Three Georgia children have been reported this year as having a rare, polio-like health condition, state officials said Wednesday.
They are among the 62 children nationally who have been confirmed with acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) in 2018, with at least 65 more cases under investigation, according to the CDC.
There is no known single cause of AFM, whose symptoms include weakness in the arms or legs, and sometimes paralysis.
Since 2014, Georgia public health officials say, that there have been 11 confirmed or probable cases of AFM in the state, with five coming in 2016 alone.
The CDC noticed an apparent increase in this ...