#MedicareMonday: Helping Hypertensive Patients Live Healthier Lives
03.02.15 | By
Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a chronic condition affecting an estimated 70 million people in the United States. Unfortunately, just 52 percent of these individuals have their high blood pressure under control. Many people don’t realize taking their medicines as prescribed can help keep this chronic condition in check – and save money – for both individuals and the health care system overall.
In 1713, Cotton Mather, a prominent Boston minister who would bring the practice of smallpox variolation to the colonies, watched helplessly as measles devastated his family. On October 18 of that year he wrote in his diary, “The Measles coming into the Town, it is likely to be a Time of Sickness, and much Trouble in the Families of the Neighbourhood.” That day his eldest son became ill. Two daughters developed measles over the next few days.
It comes to no surprise that the recent outbreak of more than 100 cases (at this writing) of measles in the nation opened up contentious debate over vaccinations, which in turn , has a profound impact on public health. Though measles were declared no longer endemic in the United States more than a decade ago, it has not been eradicated. As long as measles exist around the globe, still common in some countries in Europe, Asia, the Pacific, and Africa, the threat of its introduction by people outside of the country will continue to remain.
People sometimes imagine that whether or not to vaccinate is a personal decision—that it only affects your own children. And other people assume that as long as their own children are vaccinated, they don’t need to worry about what their neighbors do. These fallacies come from a fundamental misunderstanding of how vaccines work.