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October 22, 2013
Dr. Josh Evans, a Loyola Internal Medicine physician, with WJOL radio
Dr. Joshua Evans, a Primary Care physician, chose this field of medicine because he wanted to build long-term relationships with his patients.
He talks about the importance of vaccinations for adults. He said that as we go on in life, we lose our immunity to certain illnesses. If you have a primary care physician, then your doctor's office can tell you when you are due for another set of booster shots. Adults should be aware that they will need boosters for tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough) and an annual vaccination against the flu.Another to consider after age 65 is the zoster vaccine to prevent the painful outbreak of shingles, which is a recurrence of chicken pox.
He also explained that people absolutely can not get the flu from the vaccine. That is one of the biggest myths around. The vaccine is made of ground-up particles of the flu virus and will not infect you. October and November are the best time to get a vaccine shot so that your system has time to build up immunity before the beginning of the flu season.
He recommends that people be up to date on their cancer screenings, like those for cervical, breast, prostate and colon. He said everyone should get their first colonoscopy at age 50 unless there is a family history of colon cancer. In this case, you should start around age 40. With breast cancer, he highly recommends self-exams. About 5 percent of cancers are discovered this way. Also adults in their 20s should have their skin checked out for skin cancer.
Cholesterol screenings are an important test to prevent heart disease. He suggests that people have this test about every 5 years, if they don't already know that they are at risk for heart disease. If they are, then they should have this test more often.
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