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Adults Need Vaccines, Too

As we get older, we can still protect ourselves from infections and cancers

As we get older, we can still protect ourselves from serious infections as well as cancers through the simple procedure of vaccination.

Vaccines are NOT just for kids! Protection from vaccines received when we were children can wear off over time, and we may be at risk for new and different diseases.

 

Find Out Which Vaccines You Need

The specific vaccines you need as an adult are determined by your age, job, lifestyle, health conditions, where you travel, and which vaccines you’ve had in the past. Throughout your adult life, vaccines are recommended to obtain and maintain protection against the following diseases:

 

Seasonal Flu - For all adults

Pertussis (whooping cough) - For all adults who have not previously received the DTP vaccine and for women during each pregnancy

Tetanus and Diptheria - every 10 years following DT vaccine

Shingles - For adults 60 years and older

Pneumococcal Disease - For adults 65 years and older and, adults younger than 65 who have specific health conditions, such as diabetes, heart and  lung disease, splenectomy

Meningococcal Disease - For those going on pilgrimages, boarding schools, universities

Hepatitis B infection - For all adults, especially those working in the health sector

Hepatitis A - For all Adults, especially those who travel frequently

Chickenpox infection - For all adults, if they have not had Chickenpox infection in childhood

Measles, Mumps, and Rubella - For all Adults, especially those who have not had these infections in the past, and the rubella component is a must for all ladies before pregnancy

Human Papilloma Virus - For all females above the age of 10. This virus is known to cause cancer of the cervix, which is the second most common cancer in women. Vaccination against this virus virtually eliminates the risk of this cancer!

 

Ask your doctor which vaccines are right for you.

 

Getting Vaccinated

Immunization is one of the safest ways for you to protect your health. Vaccine side effects are usually mild and go away on their own. Severe side effects are very rare.

Vaccines can be administered at GP clinics, doctor’s offices, and immunization centres. Most of these vaccines are also covered by insurance when it is prescribed by your GP/Physician.

 

These diseases are easier prevented than to be treated.

 

Dr. Kayathri Periasamy, Consultant Physician at Healthy Life Clinic

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