Advanced Integrative Medicine Blog: Vaccines

Shedding Some Light on Shingles

Shingles. If you’ve had the chickenpox, you can develop shingles, simple as that. Shingles is also known as “zoster” or “herpes zoster” (the chickenpox virus) and affects an estimated 1 million people in the US each year. In fact, 1 out of 3 people in the US will develop shingles. So it’s likely that you …continue reading.

Measles and the MMR Vaccine

From Disneyland in California, to a local daycare in the Northwest suburbs, the subject of measles and the MMR vaccine is unavoidable – online, in the newspaper and on the playground. Most recently, Jimmy Kimmel stepped into the conversation by airing a “PSA” on his own show, “Late Night with Jimmy Kimmel!” with real doctors …continue reading.

Which flu vaccine is right for me?

Although peak flu season usually hits in February, it’s already started. So we want you to be protected! Did you know there are multiple flu vaccines? Knowing your options can help you make informed decisions about your preventative health.   Seasonal (trivalent): This is the most common vaccine and is what Dr. Patel offers in …continue reading.

Is it a cold? Or is it allergies?

Whether you are suffering from seasonal allergies or fighting the common cold, both can leave you stuffy, irritable and exhausted as your immune system goes into overdrive. Here in the Chicago suburbs it’s sometimes difficult to know which you might have. Knowing the difference between the two can help you get the relief you need …continue reading.