Immunizations – Myth and Reality
Nothing can instill fear like a hypodermic needle in the hands of a nurse. Many of us have memories as children of getting shots at the doctor’s office, and then walking out with a cool Disney band-aid and a sucker, but not many want to relive those memories. But there are many advantages to getting immunizations as an adult, this is a myth we want to dispel, because we believe that not only are immunizations important, they can decrease your chances of contracting some rather nasty afflictions.
Only children need immunizations.
Reality: (from CDC recommendations)
There are several important immunizations recommended for older adults:
- Influenza – get this every year, your employer probably will even pay for it!
- Zoster (shingles vaccinations) – now recommended after age 55 (before it was after age 60). You can get this vaccine at your local drug store.
- Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) – once, then get a Td booster every 10 years.
- Pneumococcal (Fights against pneumonia) – after age 65 and repeat every 5-7 years.
- Prevnar 13 – Previously this vaccination was recommended for children. It was recommended recently that adults with significant health problems and/or immunity problems need this vaccination only once. If Pneumoccocal vaccination was not given, then Prevnar 13 is administered first, and then Pneumococcal vaccination follows 8 weeks later.
More information can be found on CDC web site: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/downloads/adult/adult-schedule-easy-read.pdf