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What is the most common vaccine injury?

You're worried about vaccines. You've seen articles warning you about complications and injuries. You want to protect yourself and your children.

If so, you should know that the most common injury is also one of the most easily overlooked. Some reports say most injuries come from poorly administered vaccine injections.

Stunning stats about holiday drinking and driving

The holidays are upon us, and that unfortunately means that drinking and driving accidents can spike. Many people who go to parties, bars and social gatherings to celebrate have had more than they should before they get behind the wheel.

For other drivers, just staying sober can't always eliminate the risk with so many other drunk drivers on the roads. Below are some rather stunning statistics to help you see the full scope of the problem.

  • The percentage of total accident deaths that can be linked to alcohol goes up dramatically. Over Thanksgiving, it's 40 percent. Over Christmas, it's 37 percent. For New Year's, it's a staggering 58 percent.
  • The totals go up as well. Some reports show that drunk driving accidents take two to three times as many lives during the festive season.
  • When looking at the entire season, instead of one specific holiday, reports show that these accidents will injure 25,000 people between Thanksgiving and New Year's. They'll also take 1,200 lives.
  • Even those who aren't in accidents helped to show how common drinking is. A full 96 percent of people were hungover at work after the holidays or knew a co-worker who was. The majority, at 60 percent, said holiday parties were more fun when drinking was involved. Frighteningly, 57 percent of those asked said they had watched someone else drive while they were drunk.

Multi-car accident involves bus and fleeing vehicle

A multi-vehicle accident in New York involved a car that was actively running from the police and a city bus. The crash happened at around 4:00 o'clock in the afternoon.

According to police, they watched as a silver Honda committed a traffic violation. They then tried to stop the car. Officers were walking toward it when the driver took off and tried to flee.

A New Chapter In Shingles Vaccines

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently approved a new shingles vaccine that promises to be more effective and long-lasting than Zostavax, the only other shingles vaccine currently on the market.

The new vaccine, called Shingrix and manufactured by GlaxcoSmithKline, is a two-dose vaccine recommended for people over the age of 50. The vaccine boots immunity, and is not manufactured with a live virus the way the Zostavax is, and so it may be safe for older people with compromised immunity. But does this all mean that Shingrix is "safe?"

7 critical facts about construction accidents

Construction workers need to know the risks. They work in a fundamental American industry, but they also have some of the highest odds of being injured or killed while at work.

To shed some light on the issue, here are a few important facts every worker should read:

  • Ten percent of construction workers get hurt annually. This statistic comes straight from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
  • Falls cause more deadly accidents than anything else in the construction industry.
  • If a worker stays in the industry for 45 years, the odds of a deadly accident are a stunning one in 200.
  • Some studies have found that ironworkers in particular have the highest injury rates.
  • Even young workers face serious risks, as construction ranks No. 2 nationally when looking at deadly accidents involving those under 18 years old.
  • Inexperience plays a role. A full 60 percent of injuries happen within the first 12 months that an employee is on the job.
  • Lead poisoning is a serious issue that isn't often talked about. Around 15 percent of lead poisoning cases, nationally speaking, are from construction workers.

Fatal medical mistakes may be way more common than you think

You know that fatal medical mistakes, tragic as they are, happen every year. However, do you know just how common they are? You may be shocked.

One study determined that around 250,000 people pass away annually from health care errors. This includes, but is not limited to, mistakes made in hospitals.

How can drivers stay safe around trucks?

You've seen the aftermath of a semi accident. The semi was barely damaged, but the car it hit was a mangled wreck. You know that drivers in other cars are in a lot of danger if they're involved in one of these crashes.

At the same time, you know that you have to drive around semis with regularity. If you can't avoid them, how can you stay safe?

Worker suffers a fatal fall while installing solar panels

A 60-year-old man in Queens was on the roof of a two-story house, putting in solar panels, when he slipped and fell. The accident happened just before noon on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017.

Emergency crews responded to the accident and took him to Elmhurst Hospital as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, he passed away from his injuries at the medical center.

After The Vaccine, Paralysis

Many people get vaccines and suffer no consequences. But that's not true for everyone. Some people get sick--very sick, and some become permanently disabled after getting a vaccine.

An unwelcome surprise

Imagine getting a vaccine for hepatitis B, influenza or tetanus and expecting to forget about it shortly thereafter. But then, after a few hours or days, you start experiencing pain in your lower back or legs. Your legs may feel heavy, or start tingling. You may even begin having bladder or bowel problems. Strange? Yes. Mysterious? Maybe not. These are all symptoms of transverse myelitis, which can be triggered by a vaccine

Brother claims man in deadly accident is a hero, not a villain

A man in New York is facing criminal charges after a woman who was a passenger in his car passed away in an accident.

The crash left his car burning on the side of the road. The woman was still inside. Video from the scene allegedly shows the man hailing a cab and leaving the scene of the crash with her still in the vehicle. Firefighters eventually put out the flames, but she'd already passed away in the inferno.

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