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Adult Vaccinations

Adults Need Vaccines, Too!

There are many reasons to get vaccinated; here are just 10.

  1. You may be at risk for serious diseases that could be prevented by vaccines, such as influenza, pertussis, and shingles.
  2. You may be at increased risk for complications from certain diseases if you have a chronic health condition or weakened immune system, such as heart disease, diabetes, or lung disease.
  3. You can reduce the chance that you'll pass on a serious disease to your loved ones.
  4. You can help protect those who can't get vaccinated. People with certain medical conditions (like pregnant women or people undergoing cancer treatment) may not be able to get certain vaccines, but are very vulnerable to illness.
  5. You don't have time to get sick. You have too much responsibility to risk getting sick, including people counting on you at work and at home.
  6. You don't want to miss what's important to you. Spending time with family and friends or taking time out for your hobbies may not be possible if you get sick.
  7. You don't want to pay the price of getting sick.
  8. You like to travel—or have to travel for work. Travel can present exciting opportunities, but it can also put you at risk for certain diseases.
  9. You want the peace of mind that comes with protecting your health.
  10. You don't want to feel crummy if you can prevent it! No one wants to feel sick.
—Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Flu Tetanus Diphtheria
Shingles Pertussis Pneumonia
Meningitis Measles Mumps
Rubella Human papillomavirusHepatitis A

Many adults in the U.S. are not aware of vaccines recommended for them—and that means they are not taking advantage of the best protection available against a number of serious diseases. According to the 2013 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS):

  • Only about 1 out of 5 (21 percent) adults 19-64 years old with certain high-risk medical conditions had received a pneumococcal vaccination.
  • Only about 1 out of 4 (24 percent) adults 60 years and older had received a shingles vaccination.
  • Only about 1 out of 6 (17 percent) adults 19 years and older had received a Tdap vaccine in the last 8 years to provide protection from tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough).

Are you one of the millions of adults not receiving the vaccines you need?

What vaccines do you need?

All adults should get:

  • Annual flu vaccine to protect against seasonal flu
  • Td/Tdap vaccine to protect against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis

Some additional vaccines you may need (depending on your age, health conditions and other factors) include:

  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Meningococcal
  • Pneumococcal
  • Shingles
Find out which vaccines are recommended for you: www.cdc.gov/vaccines/adults/rec-vac/index.html. Traveling overseas? There may be additional vaccines you need depending on the location. Visit wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel.

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Summer 2015 Issue: Volume 10 Number 2 Page 16-19