NIAM: Vaccines are for adults, too!

Adults

 

All adults should get vaccines to protect their health. Even healthy adults can
become seriously ill, and can pass certain illnesses on to others. Immunization is
especially important for adults 60 years of age and older, and for those who have
a chronic condition such as asthma, COPD, diabetes or heart disease.
Immunization is also important for anyone who is in close contact with the very
young, the very old, people with weakened immune systems, and those who
cannot be vaccinated.

All adults should get:
Influenza (flu) vaccine: Each year to protect against the seasonal flu.

Td or Tdap: 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 Td (tetanus, diphtheria) booster shot every 10 years. In
addition, women are also recommended to get the Tdap vaccine each
time they are pregnant, preferably at 27 through 36 weeks.
The need for other adult vaccines – such as shingles, pneumococcal, hepatitis,
HPV – depends on one’s age, occupation, travel, health status, and other risk
factors.

Vaccination is important because it not only protects the person receiving
the vaccine, but also helps prevent the spread of certain diseases to those
who are most vulnerable to serious complications, such as infants and
young children, elderly, and those with chronic conditions and weakened
immune systems.

Unfortunately, far too few adults are receiving the recommended vaccines,
leaving themselves and their loved ones vulnerable to serious diseases.

In 2102: (NHIS 2012)
o Only 14% of adults 19 years or older had received Tdap
vaccination.
o Only 20% of adults 60 years or older had received zoster
vaccination.
o Only 20% of adults 19 to 64 years at high risk had received
pneumococcal vaccination.
• Although adults believe immunization is important, many are unaware that
they need vaccines. Health care professionals play a critical role in
educating their patients about recommended vaccines and ensuring that
they are fully immunized.
• CDC asks ALL health care professionals – whether they provide
immunization services or not – to routinely assess the vaccine needs of
their patients and make a strong recommendation for needed
vaccinations.
• Adults should talk with their doctors to learn which vaccines are
recommended for them and take steps to stay up to date.
• Vaccines are available at private doctors’ offices, as well as other
convenient locations such as pharmacies, workplaces, community health
clinics and health departments.

 

 

Call us to find out if you could be due for some booster immunizations. We carry TdaP, Td, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Pneumococcal, Shingles, HPV, and Meningitis for adults. If you are a Wyoming resident age 19 and older and are uninsured or your insurance does NOT cover immunizations, you could qualify for our Vaccines for Uninsured Adults program where you can receive vaccines for a reduced price. Call us at 885-9598 to make an appointment. Flu shots should be available in our offices as early as the end of September. Watch for ads for flu clinics in October.


All the information and infographics in this blog post are courtesy of the National Public Health Information Coalition and by the Center for Disease Control.