Vaccinations are more important than ever this year because of the disrupting impact that COVID-19 has had on the nation’s routinely recommended vaccination schedule. As we recognize National Immunization Awareness Month in August, protecting individuals and communities from vaccine-preventable diseases (VPD) is vital to keeping children healthy, preventing VPD outbreaks, and reducing the burden of infectious diseases.
Healthcare and Women
Coming up on August 27, 2018, the National Meeting on Active Duty and Veteran Women’s Health will bring together health professionals and researchers to discuss the specialized health care needs of active duty and veteran women. In preparation for the meeting, Dr. Sally Haskell of the Veterans Health Administration, part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), joins us on the OWH Blog. She discusses the unique risks and exposures that women veterans face that can impact their health and health care.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 3.5 million people in the United States have hepatitis C. What exactly is it, and why should you care about hepatitis C? Corinna Dan, the Viral Hepatitis Policy Advisor at the HHS Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy, is here to explain. Read Corinna’s interview to learn how you can get hepatitis C and whether some women are at higher risk.
As an obstetrician-gynecologist, I have seen many women who struggle with mood changes after having a baby. There is a common belief that childbirth is a magical time for all mothers and that as soon as the baby is born, maternal feelings and knowledge magically appear. For many women, this may not be the case. Some women struggle with feeling anxious, sad, or like they are unable to care for their baby. They might even feel powerless to take care of themselves. Ella’s story is an example of the struggle some women experience.
As women, we're the experts on our own bodies. We know what does and doesn't feel normal, but we don't always feel empowered to speak up to get the care we need. I recently had an experience with my health where I had to seek a third opinion because the recommendations my longtime doctors offered me didn't feel right. And I'm so glad I did. Here's what happened.
Starting in April 2018, Medicare will mail new Medicare cards to all people with Medicare to help protect you from identity fraud. Fraudsters are always looking for ways to get your Social Security Number, so we’re removing Social Security Numbers from all Medicare cards to make them safer.
Did you know that March is National Kidney Month? It’s a time to talk about kidney health and chronic kidney disease, a common disease among adults in the United States. That’s why we asked Dr. Kajal Patel, a doctor who specializes in kidney care and disease treatment, to share how women can keep their kidneys healthy and what they need to know about chronic kidney disease. Get her tips for kidney health and learn about women’s unique risk factors for kidney disease.
We have seen tremendous improvements in HIV treatment and prevention over the past few decades. While we want to celebrate this progress, we also need to discuss how it can lead people to falsely believe that HIV is no longer a serious health issue. People across the country — including women — continue to get and transmit HIV regardless of age, race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation.
Did you know that heart disease is the number one killer of American women, and stroke is fourth? The good news is there are steps you can take to lower your risk of heart disease and stroke at any age. We spoke to Dr. Rachel Dreyer, an Assistant Professor at the Yale School of Medicine who specializes in cardiovascular outcomes research with a focus on women’s health. Dr. Dreyer shares the basics you need to know about heart disease and how to keep your heart healthy.