Food for Thought: Vaccinations

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Don’t Forget Your Other Vaccinations

Each year thousands of adults in the United States suffer illness, are hospitalized, and even die from diseases that could be prevented by vaccines. Adults with COPD and asthma are at increased risk of complications from influenza, including pneumonia and needing to be hospitalized. Make sure you get the influenza vaccine every year to protect them from this common illness. Individuals with COPD and asthma are also at higher risk for invasive pneumococcal disease and more likely to develop infections including bacteremia and meningitis. Pneumococcal vaccines can help prevent these serious infections in your patients. These chronic conditions, even if well managed, can make it harder for patients to fight infections. That is why it is critical that you get these and other routinely recommended vaccines, like zoster (shingles) vaccines if they are 60 years or older, Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) if they have not had a dose before, and Td booster vaccine every 10 years. Other vaccines may also be needed based on vaccination history and other risk factors. For the latest recommended adult immunization schedule, visit the CDC website.

Check us out on Facebook @persongranvillefcs to find information or register for upcoming programs, recipes, or information on food and nutrition. Try the following recipe from the American Heart Association.

Sirloin Steak with Portobello Mushrooms

serves 4



  • 1 lb. boneless sirloin steak, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 tsp dried thyme, crumbled
  • ½ tsp pepper, coarsely ground
  • 8oz portobello mushrooms, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 large red onion, sliced
  • ½ cup fat-free, no-salt-added beef broth
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce, low sodium
  • 2 Tbsp brandy, optional


  1. Discard all visible fat from the steak. Cut into 4 pieces. Sprinkle both sides with thyme and pepper.
  2. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. Cook the steak for 4-6 minutes. Transfer to a platter and cover with aluminum foil to keep warm.
  4. In the same skillet, cook the mushrooms and onion over medium-high heat for 1-2 minutes, or until the onion is tender-crisp, stirring occasionally. Stir in the remaining ingredients.
  5. Cook for 5-6 minutes, or until the mushrooms are tender and the liquid is reduced by half, stirring occasionally. Spoon over the steak.