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Passion Outside of Medicine
MCHD also supports the "Practice
Standards for Adult Immunization." These
standards were approved by the National
Vaccine Advisory Committee in 2013 and
are supported by the CDC as well as national
medical provider associations. It is important
that ALL healthcare professionals make adult
vaccination the standard of care and follow
the updated standards to help ensure that our
adult patients are fully immunized and have
maximum protection from serious diseases.
The Practice Standards for Adult
Immunization include the following:

Just What The
Doctor Ordered:
A Fresh Pint of Beer

1. ASSESS the immunization status
of all your patients at every clinical
encounter and stay informed to the latest
vaccine recommendations (http://www.
cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/hcp/adult.
html) for immunization of adults.
2. RECOMMEND vaccines that
patients need. Most adults are NOT
aware that they need vaccines and a
strong recommendation from their
healthcare professional is the strongest
predictor of whether patients get
vaccinated.
3. ADMINISTER needed vaccines or
REFER your patients to a vaccination
provider in the area for the vaccines you
do not stock.
4. DOCUMENT vaccines received
by your patients. Participate in your
state's immunization registry. This will
help your office, your patients, and your
patients' other providers know which
vaccines your patients have had.

y interest in homebrewing began
during medical school at Penn in the
late 1990s. At that time, the craft
beer scene was slowly gaining steam throughout
the country. Fortunately, Philadelphia was and
is still considered a beer city. Victory Brewing
is in our backyard, and it's arguably the most
recognizable craft brewer in our region. Since
Victory Brewing started in 1996, there are well
over a dozen other craft brewers that have joined
the scene locally. Drinking a Hop Devil with
my medical school buddies sparked my interest
in craft beers and led me to read and research
about beer making.
I purchased from a second hand bookstore
what was then considered the bible of
homebrewing: The Complete Joy of Homebrewing
by Charlie Papazian. I read a few chapters
and visited a homebrew shop in northeast
Philadelphia to purchase my first homebrew
kit. The kit basically included a glass carboy
(basically a large 5-gallon glass container) for
fermenting, a few siphoning tubes and rubber
stoppers, some brushes, and a bottle capper. I
bought the ingredients to make my first beer
which included malt extract, some specialty
grains, hops, and yeast. As homebrewing requires
boiling the malt extract with water and adding
hops at various times during the boil, I also had to purchase a larger pot
to boil over five gallons. I found some recycled Budweiser bottles which I
cleaned out and used to bottle my first beer....a brown ale.
Since then I've brewed more than 100 beers and more than a dozen
different styles. I have also upgraded some of my equipment and now
keg all my beer at home. There are many reasons why the hobby is so
enjoyable for me. First like any hobby, it provides a break from the routine
and stresses of work which we all know in medicine are very real. More
specifically, as a homebrewer you can basically brew any beer style you
want and experiment with all kinds of ingredients. Lastly, there is no
greater feeling than pouring yourself, friends and family a pint of your own
creation which is as fresh or fresher than most anything you can buy.

The economic burden of illness due to
diseases for which vaccines are available
is unacceptably high, emphasizing the
need to increase adult vaccine uptake.
Implementation of the Practice Standards
for Adult Immunization and creative policy
solutions are key to increasing awareness
of adult immunizations and improving
vaccine coverage. For more information and
related resources, visit CDC's new website
in support of the Standards @ http://www.
cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/adults/for-practice/
standards/index.html
Dr. Arkoosh can be reached at
val@montcopa.org.

BY WALTER KLEIN, MD

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