August is Immunization Awareness Month. Vaccines play an important role in preventing serious, sometimes deadly diseases. The viruses and bacteria responsible for diseases that are vaccine preventable spread to people who have not received vaccine protection.
The CDC states that even if you were vaccinated at a younger age, the protection from some vaccines can wear off or the virus or bacteria that the vaccine protects against changes so your resistance is not as strong. Their recommendation is that ALL adults get the following vaccines:
- Flu vaccine every year to protect against seasonal flu
- Td vaccine every 10 years to protect against tetanus
- Tdap vaccine once instead of a Td vaccine to protect against tetanus and diphtheria plus pertussis (whooping cough)
- Other vaccines you need as an adult are determined by factors such as age, lifestyle, job, health condition, and vaccines you have had in the past. Vaccines may include those that protect against: shingles, human papillomavirus, pneumonia, meningitis, Hepatitis A and B, chickenpox, measles, mumps, and rubella. It is important to check with your health care provider to determine what vaccines you may need. Take this quiz to determine the immunizations that you may need – https://www2.cdc.gov/nip/adultimmsched/
Vaccines are available at your local County Health Department. Limited types of vaccines are also available from certain pharmacies, urgent care clinics, your health care provider and Stetson Health Service.
Make sure to keep track of your vaccines to ensure that you are up-to-date and have maximum protection against vaccine-preventable diseases. www.cdc.gov/vaccines
Please contact Stetson Health Service with any health related questions or concerns at 386-822-8150 or visit www.stetson.edu/health-services.