It’s important to know that vaccinations are not just for children. Actually, you need vaccines throughout your adulthood to protect yourself and others from diseases that can be detrimental to your health. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, thousands of adults in the U.S. get ill every year from diseases that could be prevented by vaccines. These diseases can lead to hospitalizations and even death.
Defense from some vaccines can drop over a period of time, so even though you got vaccines as a child, you might need additional vaccinations. It also varies by age, health conditions, and additional factors, such as your traveling plans and your job.
A vaccine is a product that stimulates a person’s immune system to generate immunity to a specific disease, protecting the person from that disease. Vaccines are usually administered through needle injections, but can also be administered by mouth or nose spray.
According to the CDC, these vaccines are recommended for all adults:
• Influenza vaccine every year during flu season to defend yourself against seasonal flu. This recommendation includes pregnant women during any trimester.
• Td/Tdap vaccine to protect against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough). The Tdap vaccine is recommended one time, no matter when you got your last tetanus vaccine.
CDC recommends pneumococcal vaccination for all babies and children under the age of 2 years old and all adults 65 years or older. In specific situations, other children and adults should also get pneumococcal vaccines. This vaccination helps prevent pneumococcal disease.
The main types of pneumococcal disease are pneumonia (lung infection), bacteremia (blood infection), and meningitis (infection of the covering of the brain and spinal cord). Less severe illnesses entail ear and sinus infections.
A main concern for people when it comes to vaccines is the safety of the treatment. Vaccines are tested and observed and all vaccines go through years of testing prior to the FDA’s approval to use them. The FDA and CDC continue to monitor the safety of the vaccines.
Vaccine side effects are usually moderate and vanish in a few days. The most common side effects include soreness, redness or swelling where the shot was administered. Serious side effects are very rare.
It’s vital to point out that vaccines decrease the probability of getting certain diseases as well as difficulties that come from these diseases. Vaccines also lower the chances of spreading diseases. A lot of health care providers provide vaccines, including doctors’ offices, hospitals, and pharmacies. Majority of health insurance providers will cover the costs of the vaccines they recommend.