Not Just For Kids: Adults
Many adults don’t realize they still need protection against vaccine-preventable diseases. But vaccines are not just for kids. Adults still need certain vaccines, both to protect themselves and their loved ones.
Even healthy adults can become seriously ill, and can pass illness 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.
The vaccines adults need change as they grow older. Everyone age 6 months and older should have a flu vaccine every year. And every adult should get the Tdap vaccine once -- including women each time they are pregnant -- to protect against pertussis (whooping cough), and then a Td (tetanus, diphtheria) booster shot every 10 years. Other vaccines for adults – shingles, pneumococcal, hepatitis, HPV – depend on one’s age, occupation, travel, risk factors and health status.
For more information on vaccines go to:http://www.cdc.gov/Features/AdultImmunizations/ or refer to Public Health Immunization Clinic Schedule @ http://monohealth.com/public-health/page/immunization-program or call 760.924.1830 for an appointment.