Adults Need Vaccinations Too

May 3, 2018

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As a child, it is commonplace to receive DTap, MMR and HepA vaccinations.  But vaccines are not just for kids, adults can benefit from vaccines.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says at least 30,000 people die from complications related to vaccine-preventable disease.  Over time you may lose the ability to fend off diseases you were vaccinated against earlier. Some adult vaccines, such as those for mumps and tetanus, are boosters, building your immunity against those illnesses. Others protect against diseases that are more common in adulthood, such as shingles. The CDC recommends adults should have an annual flu shot; a Td booster every 10 years to ward off tetanus and diphtheria; two shots of the Shingrix vaccine (with two to six months between doses) at age 50 to guard against shingles; and two pneumococcal vaccines, one year apart beginning at age 65, to protect against pneumonia. And while some may argue getting a vaccines causes you to become sick, doctors say that is just not true. If you do get sick after being vaccinated, it’s probably a coincidence.  Vaccines are not 100% effective, especailly as we age but even if they're 50% effective in preventing disease, you will likely have a milder case if you do get sick and that's important because as we age, illnesses can hit harder and lead to more complications.

SOURCE: Consumer Reports

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