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Sinclair Cares: Immunizations for adults

In addition to an annual flu vaccine, health officials say adults need a tetanus booster every 10 years. Plus, people 50 and older are urged to get a shingles vaccine, while people 65 and older should get vaccinated to help prevent bacterial pneumonia. (MGN Online)

Parents are so concerned about their children's immunizations they often neglect their own vaccines.

Immunizations aren't just for kids, but many adults forget that.

What we choose for ourselves also impacts our children. So, if I get my flu vaccine, that's protecting me and also protecting my children or my grandchildren or the children I come in contact with in the grocery store or wherever I'm going in the community.

In addition to an annual flu vaccine, health officials say adults need a tetanus booster every 10 years. Plus, people 50 and older are urged to get a shingles vaccine, while people 65 and older should get vaccinated to help prevent bacterial pneumonia.

Hepatitis A and B immunizations are also recommended for adults.

"I would say once people leave school and maybe leave college, it's not like they carry around a shot record with them; so, most people don't know what their immunization status is," said Dr. Mullendore.

A 35-page report from the Centers for Disease Control puts it all in perspective. On any given year, only about 45 percent of people get a flu shot. What's more? (More than) one third are out of compliance in terms of their tetanus vaccine.

To bring the numbers up, health experts recommend seeing the same provider annually, discussing vaccinations during the visit and making them a priority to improve your health and the health of those around you.

For more information about adult vaccines, CLICK HERE.

if you can't afford the vaccines, many health departments have programs that cover the cost.


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