Vaccines Are Not Just For Kids

AdultsAugust is National Immunization Awareness Month! Every year, the National Public Health Information Coalition (NPHIC) spends the month of August educating people on the importance of vaccines. This week, they’re spreading awareness for adults to get vaccinated. Vaccines aren’t just for kids! Here is some helpful information from NPHIC on what adults need to stay healthy:

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, and HPV – depends on one’s age, occupation, travel, health status, and other risk factors.

International Travel Care is a travel clinic dedicated to helping you stay healthy no matter where you’re at in the world. Whether you’re traveling or not, we can consult with you on which vaccinations you should consider and administer them during your same appointment. Contact us today so you’re ready for winter – flu season is right around the corner!

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