February 27, 2016

Saralyn Mark, MD Feedback from TappMD Expert
Saralyn Mark, MD
Can gender make a difference?
This article provides a good overview of the different vaccinations that are now available. I would still like to see studies that evaluate how men and women respond differently to vaccines and the need for potentially smaller dosages for women.

It’s that time of year—flu shot season. But before you head to your doctor, pharmacy, or clinic to get your annual flu shot, know that this year, flu shots have changed—you now have a choice between the types of vaccine you prefer.

First, the flu facts. In case you need convincing to get a flu shot: The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates deaths associated with the flu to affect anywhere between 3,000 and 49,000 people, annually. Of those deaths, about 90 percent occur in people aged 65 and up. And according to a recent study by Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the CDC, getting a flu shot reduced the risk of flu-related hospitalization by 71.4 percent for adults and 76.8 percent in people 50+ during the 2011-2012 flu season.

No matter which vaccine you get, what’s important to remember is that everyone—starting at age 6 months—needs to get some kind of influenza vaccine every…

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Saralyn Mark, MD

Saralyn Mark, MD, an endocrinologist, geriatrician and women's health specialist, was the first Senior Medical Advisor to the Office on Women's Health within the Department of Health and Human Services for 11 years and to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). As Senior Medical Advisor, Dr. Mark was responsible for the development and analysis of initiatives and programs on emerging technologies, public health preparedness, physician workforce issues, sex and gender-based medicine and women's health on Earth and in Space.