Adults Need Vaccine Boosters Too

March 13, 2019

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Childhood vaccinations, or lack of them, have been a center of debate even as the results of parents opting not to have their child vaccinated has led the state of Washington to declare a medical emergency due to a measles outbreak with dozens of new cases reported. And an Oregon boy almost lost his life and underwent $800,000 in medical treatment for tetanus.  In both instances vaccines would have prevented these outbreaks.  But children aren't the only ones that benefit from vaccines. Adults also are due for vaccines to prevent sickness and to even reduce the risk of certain cancers. A tetanus booster should be administered every ten years. The TDaP vaccine includes an immune booster against tetanus, caused by a bacteria that produce a toxin that causes painful muscle contractions.  Plus it covers diphtheria and whooping cough (pertussis). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are around 10 reported cases annually with nearly all of them in people who never got a tetanus vaccine or didn't stay up to date on their 10-year booster shots. One in three people will develop shingles, a painful disease and if you've had chickenpox, you are at risk. The CDC has approved two shingles vaccines especially for those 50-years old and higher. The HPV vaccine protects against cancers caused by the human papillomavirus virus and with one in four Americans infected with it, it is worth getting the vaccine. Hepatitis A and B are serious diseases of the liver which a booster could protect you, especially if you are at risk of contracting it. The Pneumococcal (new-moo-cok-al) vaccine prevents against infections that can lead to pneumonia, meningitis and other serious infections. Those 65 and older and smokers are at a higher risk of developing. Finally an annual flu shot helps defend your body from catching the flu or shortening its length if you do get sick.  It is highly recommended you discuss vaccine boosters with your doctor to see if it's time for you to get them.

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SOURCE: Mother Nature Network

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