Can you remember back when you were a kid when mom said you had a doctor’s appointment, your hair stood up on the back of your neck and all that flashed across your mind was Oh No A SHOT.
Well August is known as National Awareness Month. Immunizations help prevent against dangerous and deadly diseases. To stay protected against illnesses like the flu, measles and tuberculosis adults need to get their vaccines just like children do.
All adults should get vaccines to protect their health. Even healthy adults can become seriously ill, and can pass certain illnesses on to others. It is important for adults of 60 years of age and older, and for those who have chronic conditions such as asthma, COPD, diabetes or heart disease. It is also very important for older individuals who are in close contact with young children to be vaccinated and anyone with a weakened immune system.
All adults should be vaccinated each year with the influenza vaccine to help prevent the seasonal flu.
Every adult should get the TDAP vaccine once if they did not receive it as an adolescent to protect against pertussis (whooping cough), and then a TG (tetanus, diphtheria) booster shot every 10 years. In addition, women are also recommended to get the TDAP vaccine each time they become pregnant, especially between 27 and 36 weeks of their pregnancy.
Other vaccines for shingles, hepatitis, HPV are given but this depends on the age, health statues, occupation and travel.
Vaccines are not just for kids. Stay healthy and get vaccinated in August.