What Vaccines You Need as an Adult
Although many people view vaccines as a way to keep school-aged children and teens safe from preventable diseases, adults need to stay up-to-date too. In fact, there are many vaccine-preventable diseases that can be detrimental to your health and even fatal as you get older. Learn more about which immunizations can help you to stay healthy and protected!
Seasonal Flu (Influenza)
Influenza, more commonly referred to as the flu, is a seasonal illness that has the potential to become serious and even fatal - affecting millions of Americans each year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), everyone over the age of 6 months should get the seasonal flu vaccine to reduce the risk of experiencing flu-related complications.
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is the most commonly contracted sexually transmitted infection (STI) that affects over 79 million Americans. It is important to note that this STI is most commonly contracted in the late teens and early 20s, making it imperative that teens and young adults get the vaccine before then. According to the CDC, it is recommended that the routine vaccination is received around age 12 and isn’t recommended to continue after the age of 26.
Tetanus, Pertussis, & Diphtheria
The CDC recommends that everyone should get vaccinated for tetanus, pertussis, and diphtheria every 10 years. This is because you get your first round of immunizations for these diseases as a baby. However, your immunity wears off over time. Fortunately, this vaccine can be given at any time, regardless of the last time you received the vaccine.
Shingles are a rash that can develop on various parts of the body, characterized by painful blisters that typically clear up after several weeks. Your risk for developing this condition increases as you get older. Fortunately, there is a vaccine that helps to prevent shingles. It is recommended that people 50 years and older get this vaccine to help prevent the long-lasting pain called postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) that typically accompanies the disease.
Pneumococcal Disease is an infection caused by streptococcus pneumonia bacteria. This type of bacteria can cause different types of infections, including:
- Ear infections
- Sinus infections
Although pneumococcal disease is more common in children, older adults or more likely to face adverse health effects and even fatality if they get it later in life. The CDC recommends that all adults over the age of 65 should get this vaccine regularly.
Contact Kirby Medical Center
At Kirby Medical Center, we are dedicated to helping our community learn how to stay healthy and safe. If you are concerned about your health risks and the types of vaccines that are right for you, contact Kirby Medical Center
at 217-762-2115 to learn more about how we can assist with all your healthcare needs.