Why vaccines are important for adults
Vaccines are very important for children. Every parent knows this, but they don’t know that vaccines are equally important for them as well. According to Dr. Richard Smith, director of infection control and an infectious disease specialist from the Tri City Medical Center in California, adults must be current with their vaccines, in order to protect themselves and people around them. Every person should talk about these vaccines with his doctor:
• Tdap vaccine will protect you from diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus. Every person older than 19 years, should get this vaccine. Also, all pregnant women should take it. You should remember that you should get it every 10 years.
• Pneumococcal vaccine should protect you from this bacterial disease. It can lead to mild infections, but if the bacteria spread to the rest of the body, it can cause bacteremia, meningitis and pneumonia.
• Shingles vaccine should protect you from Shingles. It is a nerve disease followed by a painful rash. This disease attacks people over 50, and it is caused by the same virus that cause chickenpox.
• The flu can be very dangerous for elderly people. This is especially problematic during the flu season (October-May). Influenza vaccine should protect you from this virus.
• MMR vaccine should protect you against measles, mumps and rubella. People born after year 1956 should get this vaccine, unless they had those three diseases or they were vaccinated before.
• Meningococcal disease is the main reason for bacterial meningitis. Symptoms are: body aches, stiff neck, headaches and fever. This means that a person can believe he/she have a cold or flu. But, this disease can progress very quickly and can kill a person in 2 days! Meningococcal vaccine should protect you.