Vaccines are necessary not just for young children, but for adults too. We often don’t realize that even adults are susceptible to certain diseases for which we require vaccines. Some are seasonal diseases, some are life-changing, and some even life-threatening.
As the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure – it makes far more sense to get inoculated and prevent the disease from occurring, rather than waiting for the disease to attack, and then seeking treatment for it.
Here is a list of vaccines adults may need:
Influenza Vaccine- Influenza vaccines need to stimulate immunity that protects against the principal strains of the flu virus circulating at the time.
Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Acellular Pertussis (Td/Tdap) – DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, and acellular pertussis) is given to children, Td (adult tetanus and diphtheria) is given to adolescents and adults while Tdap (combined tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis)is given to adolescents and adults.
Chickenpox Vaccine – varicella vaccine is a shot that can protect nearly anyone who receives the vaccine from catching chickenpox.
Hepatitis A Vaccine – This vaccine is recommended for children aged 12 months or older, for frequent travelers, and for people at high risk for infection with the virus.
Hepatitis B Vaccine – The first dose of this vaccine is recommended within 24 hours after the birth with either two or three more doses given within 6 months of age.
Human Papillomavirus Vaccine (HPV Vaccine) – It protects against types 16 and 18 which are the two high-risk HPV types which cause 70% of cervical cancers in women and 90% of all HPV-related cancers in men, as well as two low-risk HPV types (types 6 and 11), which cause 90% of genital warts.
Zoster Vaccine – It includes a number of vaccines that have been shown to reduce the incidence of herpes zoster(which is also called as shingles).
Meningococcal Vaccine – It is used to prevent infection by Neisseria meningitidis
Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) Vaccine – MMR vaccines are very safe and effective at preventing measles, mumps, and rubella.
Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine – There are more than 90 different types of pneumococcal bacteria. PCV is a vaccine used to prevent infants, young children, and adults from diseases caused by the bacterium Streptococcus pneumonia.
Ensure the health through vaccination, because your family and co-workers need you. By immunizing, you can avoid loss of your money and time since many diseases can spread quickly and lasts for a long time. For example, Influenza is a seasonal disease that spreads rapidly, and leads to hospitalization; it affects individuals differently. It can be quite debilitating, and in extreme cases, can even cause death. Vaccination can mean the difference between life and death. If you work in the healthcare sector, it is also mandatory by law.