Do Adults Need Vaccination?

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Vaccinations are not just for kids. Adults also need vaccinations. People are prompt about keeping their children’s shots up to date; but most of them are not so good at protecting themselves. Vaccination shots are meant for adults too.

Every time when seasons change or when there are natural calamities, diseases and epidemics spread everywhere causing much damage to health. In the globalized modern life vaccinations have become very essential to protect one’s health from serious and sometimes deadly infectious diseases.  But unfortunately more adults these days do not bother about vaccination as they care for better exercising and eating. Many even forego adult vaccination, one of the simplest preventive care measures available. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has recommended that Adult Immunization Schedule should be administered to all adults to ensure that they are protected from diseases such as flu, Hepatitis, whooping cough, etc.

What is vaccination?

Vaccination is the administration of vaccine as antigenic to stimulate the immune system of an individual to develop adaptive immunity to prevent a disease. It can prevent and reduce the effects of infection. For example, flu vaccine can prevent infectious diseases.

Adults do need shots

Government reports say that fewer than 6% of the adults only received the vaccination for whooping cough in 2009. Many people have the wrong idea that vaccination in childhood is enough for their lifetime. But even if you got vaccinations as a child, immunity can fade over time and it is better to have shots, at least the four shots necessary for all.

The four vaccinations necessary for adults

1) Flu shot

Flu is seasonal and turns serious and contagious affecting the respiratory system. It is caused by the influenza virus. If neglected, it may lead to pneumonia, bronchitis, and ear infections. People who are above 65 years may opt for the new Fluzone High-Dose vaccine.

2) Td or Tdap

These shots are for tetanus, diphtheria and perthussis. A dose of Tdap is recommended for adults under 65. It is better to have shots for older people who are in health care units or those who move with children.

3) Zoster shot

This is meant for shingles, a disease caused by reactivation of a previous infection with the herpes zoster virus. This viral infection causes painful and blistery skin rash. Older people have more serious effects.

4) MMR shot

MMR shots are given to prevent measles, mumps and rubella. Government report says that this year has seen the highest number of measles cases in the USA in the past 15 years, caused mainly by people in travels.

Prevention is better than cure. Governments and welfare organizations take necessary steps to protect people from infections. It is prudent to make use of them and have shots to protect health.

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Paulose is a freelance writer writing in many sites. He writes on health, education, personality development, religion, etc. He has MS in Psychotherapy and Counseling, Doctorate in Alternative medicines, Clinical experience in Kerala, etc. to his credit.

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This article was published on 2011/08/12