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Recipe of the Month

Southwestern potato skins

By Mayo Clinic staff
Serves 6


  • 6 large baking potatoes
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
  • 6 slices turkey bacon, cooked until crisp, chopped
  • 1 medium tomato, diced
  • 2 tablespoons sliced green onions
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese


Preheat the oven to 450 F. Lightly coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.

Scrub potatoes and prick each several times with a fork. Microwave uncovered on high until tender, about 10 minutes. Remove the potatoes from the microwave and place on a wire rack to cool. When cool to the touch, cut each potato in half lengthwise and scoop out the flesh, leaving about 1/4 inch of the flesh attached to the skin. (Save potato flesh for another meal.)

In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, chili powder and hot sauce. Brush the olive oil mixture on the insides of the potato skins. Cut each half of the potato skin in half again crosswise. Place the potatoes onto the baking sheet.

In a small bowl gently mix together the turkey bacon, tomato and onions. Fill each potato skin with this mixture and sprinkle each with cheese.

Bake until the cheese is melted and the potato skins are heated through, about 10 minutes. Serve immediately.

Nutritional analysis per serving

Serving size: 4 wedges
Calories 181 Sodium 199 mg
Total fat 5 g Total carbohydrate 28 g
Saturated fat 2 g Dietary fiber 5 g
Monounsaturated fat 2 g Protein 6 g
Cholesterol 20 mg  
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2012 Vaccine Recommendations: What They Mean for You  

As an adult, you can protect yourself and your loved ones by keeping your vaccinations up-to-date. This year, small changes give adults — and young children around them — better, long-lasting protection.

Each year the U.S. recommended immunization schedule for adults is reviewed by scientific and medical experts who examine research on effective control of vaccine-preventable diseases. Changes in the 2012 recommendations reflect research that shows the best way to protect you and young, vulnerable children around you.

Watch a short, fun video ( that highlights the need for adults to get vaccinated against serious diseases.

Take a look at the following updates; one or more may apply to you.

Hepatitis B Vaccination

Adults recently diagnosed with diabetes who are younger than 60 years old are now recommended to receive the hepatitis B vaccine as soon as possible.

HPV Vaccine

Males 22 through 26 years of age whose immune systems are weakened, who have sex with men, or who test positive for HIV, are now recommended to receive the HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine. The HPV4 vaccine is also recommended for all boys at age 11 or 12 and catch-up vaccinations for males age 13 through 21 years.

Influenza Vaccine

A yearly flu vaccination is still recommended for everyone six months of age and older, but especially for seniors over 65, pregnant women, and those with health conditions like diabetes, asthma or heart disease. These groups are at high risk for serious flu-related complications.

Donating Blood Soon?

If you’ve recently received a vaccine, you may be asked to wait to give blood. The waiting period varies, depending on the vaccine.

Pneumoccocal Vaccine

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced the approval of Prevnar 13, a pneumococcal vaccine, for use in adults age 50 years and older. Although CDC recommends that those age 65 and older and those age 19 through 64 with certain health conditions get another pneumococcal vaccine called Pneumovax, CDC has not issued any formal recommendation concerning Prevnar 13. Talk with your doctor if you have questions.

Tdap and Td Vaccine

• The Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) vaccine is now recommended for women in the third or late second trimester (20th week or more) of their pregnancy. 

• Tdap is recommended for all those who are close contacts of infants younger than 12 months of age – for example, parents, guardians, grandparents, babysitters, nannies, teachers, and those who have not previously received the Tdap vaccine.

• Other adults, who are not close contacts of children younger than 12 months of age, are still recommended to receive a one-time dose of the Tdap vaccine. After your initial dose of Tdap, you’ll need the Td booster every 10 years. But you don’t need to wait to get the Tdap vaccine if you have recently been vaccinated with the Td booster.

Zoster (Shingles) Vaccine

The FDA recently approved the use of zoster vaccine in those 50 years old; however, CDC continues to recommend that vaccination for shingles begin at age 60.


Do You Need Other Vaccines?

Throughout your adult life, you need immunizations to get and maintain protection against other vaccine-preventable diseases such as shingles, seasonal flu, pneumococcal disease, and human papillomavirus. See Adults Need Immunizations, Too ( If you are going to travel internationally, you might need other vaccines. See this vaccinations and travel checklist (

More Information: Recommended Adult Immunization Schedule — United States, 2012 ( Know someone special who needs a vaccination update?  Show them you care; send an eCard ( as a loving reminder.