Recent outbreaks of measles has put the issue of vaccinations back in the news. Those measles outbreaks are happening in populations where parents are allowed to opt out of immunizing their children. You might think that after you run a course of vaccinations as a kid that you’re done. Actually, there are several vital vaccinations that adults should consider. Are you up to date on all your shots?
The Tdap is for tetanus. That is often an issue when you get a deep cut that requires stitches. However, this vaccination also protects against diphtheria and whooping cough. That is why it is recommended for pregnant woman when they reach 27 weeks. It can go a long way to protect their babies. That’s because babies can’t be immunized but the antibodies in the vaccine can be passed to the babies in the womb. The Tdap is good for up to 10 years and should be renewed.
Shingles shows up as a blistering rash and can be extremely painful. It is also an ailment that can stick around for months. This risk of contracting this ailment rises with age. Anyone over 50 should consider getting the vaccination as it has been shown to be 90% effective with preventing shingles. Note that you’ll need two shots, six months apart so plan accordingly.
Pneumonia can prove to be extremely dangerous to seniors. Many aren’t even aware there is a vaccination against this common illness. In fact, there are two vaccines that target different strains of pneumonia. The CDC suggests that this might also be a helpful vaccination for young adults who are dealing with diabetes or heart disease. You definitely want to avoid catching pneumonia, which can complicate those ailments.
The flu vaccine is probable the most common vaccine for adults and one that is readily available on a seasonal basis. Why is the flu shot so important? Last year, the flu put 900,000 people in the hospital and resulted in the deaths of 80,000. Each year, the flu adapts and changes, which is why there are updates to the flu shot for every new season. It takes up to 2 weeks for it to be effective so the earlier you can take the shot the better off you’ll be.
There are certain travel zones that require immunization. You can find out if your destination will require a shot by checking with the Center for Disease Control.
It might be worth scheduling an appointment with your doctor today to get caught up on all your shots.