Vaccines are aimed at preventing dangerous diseases that can spread easily from one person to the other. We need to take them as seriously as annual health check-ups to keep healthy. Else, we may risk serious illness and spreading diseases to our family and colleagues, when we get sick.
Which vaccines we need depends on different factors such as age, lifestyle, any existing health conditions, locations of travel and any medication or vaccines we may have earlier received.
Basis the new lifestyle and environmental conditions as well, new bacteria and viruses are being discovered. As a result, many new vaccines are being introduced for kids as well as adults. Also, as we age, we become more susceptible to common infections, such as influenza and pneumococcus. It’s important to understand that the effect of several vaccines from childhood decreases over time.
With a steep increase in global awareness and travel prospects for work or pleasure, there are higher chances of all kinds of diseases being brought home.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend these vaccines for all adults:
- Influenza shot to be taken every year to avoid seasonal flu
- Td vaccine every 10 years for tetanus
- DTaP vaccine, once in place of Td vaccine to protect against tetanus and diphtheria, whooping cough, and during one’s pregnancy cycle.
Adults with chronic illness—heart disease, lung disease, diabetes—should check with their doctor on the vaccines they shouldn’t miss.
Healthy adults, as young as 50, are unknowingly at an increased risk for pneumococcal pneumonia, as our immune systems weaken with age. “You may feel 30 but your immune system is as old as you are,” says Norman Edelman, M.D., Senior Scientific Advisor of the American Lung Association.
If this blog has made you think, we’d suggest you consult your family doctor to advise you about the vaccinations you may need to take basis current health, medical background, lifestyle and family history.
Prevention is the best cure can never be stressed on enough.