Adults need vaccination, too!
Protect Your Parents | Protect Your Family | Protect Yourself
What is vaccination?
Administration of all or part of micro-organism or modified product resulting in protection against the disease is called vaccination. It is a highly effective method of preventing certain infectious diseases.
The term vaccination, unfortunately, is still associated with children. Vaccines are underused in adults, leading to unnecessary sickness and death. Adult immunization is a must and should become a fundamental part of patient care. Adult vaccination saves lives.
Adult vaccination is done for could not receive childhood vaccinations or a few recommended vaccines were not available when these adults were children. Some vaccines do not provide lifelong protection and as immunity to infections fades away over time; adults once again become vulnerable to getting the infection. Adults can have jobs that may put them at increased risk of both acquiring and/or spreading vaccine-preventable diseases. For travelers, vaccination also offers the possibility of avoiding many infectious diseases that may be encountered abroad.
Why vaccination for adults?
- Vaccine prevent diseases that spread as easily as an individual travels.
- Vaccines help keep you healthy:
- Vaccines are as vital to your health as diet and exercise:
- Vaccines are safe and effective
- Young and healthy people can get sick too
- Vaccine-preventable diseases are expensive
- When you get sick, your immediate family is at risk, too
Types of vaccinations
- Influenza (Can be prevented by an annual flu vaccine)
- Diphtheria Tetanus or “Lockjaw” (Can be prevented by a Tdap vaccine)
- Varicella (Chickenpox) (Can be prevented by a varicella vaccine)
- Human Papillomavirus (Can be prevented by the HPV vaccine)
- Zoster (Shingles, Herpes Zoster) (Can be prevented by the Zoster vaccine)
- Measles, Mumps Rubella (Can be prevented by MMR vaccine)
- Pneumococcal Disease (Can be prevented by the Pneumococcal vaccine)
- Meningococcal Disease (Can be prevented by a MCV vaccine)
- Hepatitis A (Can be prevented with HepA vaccine)
- Hepatitis B (Can be prevented with a HepB vaccine)