Vaccinations for Adults
We often hear about vaccinations for kids but as adults we also should get regular reviews.
WHO NEEDS THEM?
Current advice includes regular influenza vaccinations especially for adults at risk.At Risk adults are people who might have diabetes, asthma or some other health issue.
There are other important vaccines such as DTPa which stands for diptheria, tetanus and pertussis; chickenpox,MMR-which stands for measles, mumps and rubella.
Newer vaccines are also available, such as Gardasil 9 and Zostavax. Gardasil 9 protects against HPV ( Human papilloma virus). Zostavax protects against shingles.
With increasing travel, we may need vaccination for Hepatitis A and B. Some places require proof of immunity for JE ( Japanese Encephalitis) and YF ( Yellow Fever ).
You can check if you are protected against some of these illnesses with a blood test.
Vaccination is important to avoid catching some of these illnesses. It also protects others at risk. Young babies and the very old need our help to protect them from these illnesses.
Vaccination does not have to be painful! There are methods to greatly reduce the pain and swelling, and most vaccines are well tolerated without side effects.