Adults, take heed. The need for immunizations doesn’t end in childhood.
According to the National Public Health Information Coalition, tens of thousands of adults in the United States needlessly suffer, are hospitalized, and even die from diseases that could be prevented by vaccinations every year.
Even if you were fully vaccinated as a child, you may be at risk from other diseases based upon your age, lifestyle, occupation, travel destinations, medical conditions, or health. In addition, the protection from some vaccinations wears off over time.
Vaccinations can prevent serious diseases such as the flu, whooping cough, tetanus, shingles, and pneumococcal diseases. Immunizations can protect not only the person being vaccinated, but it also helps prevent the spread of diseases to others – especially those who are most vulnerable to serious complications. This includes young children, older adults, and adults with chronic conditions like asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart disease, and diabetes.
Some folks hesitate to get vaccinations because they are concerned about the safety of the vaccination or the side effects. But vaccinations are tested before licensing and monitored even after they are licensed to ensure ongoing safety. And usually side effects are mild and temporary – any serious or long-term side effects are rare.
Talk to your physician to see what immunizations are recommended for you.