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Vaccinations for Adults: The Basics

Aug 01, 2017 08:30AM ● Published by Jason Huddle

Vaccinations for Adults: The Basics

We all know vaccines are an essential part of modern-day health that are necessary to a prolonged and healthy life. Getting vaccinated can help keep you from getting sick and protect the people around you from getting sick.

Derrick Holbrook, a pharmacist with Cannon Pharmacies, says there are some vaccines that all adults should get, even if they got their childhood vaccines. These vaccines include Influenza (flu); Diphtheria and tetanus; Pertussis (whooping cough); Meningococcus; Herpes zoster, or “shingles;” and Human papillomavirus (HPV) as well as vaccines to combat other infections such as measles, chickenpox, hepatitis B and hepatitis A.

Since each vaccine is different, you may need more than one dose, which is why getting these vaccines as an adult is so important. Holbrook also says to consult your doctor to recommend a vaccine schedule that is right for you, depending on your age. 

“Many patients are concerned about vaccine side effects,” Holbrook explains. “Often, vaccines cause no side effects. When they do, they are relatively minor and can include redness, mild swelling or soreness where the shot was given, a mild fever, a mild rash, headache or body aches.”

Some vaccines can cause more serious side effects, such as severe allergic reactions; however, Holbrook says serious side effects are rare. Regardless, you should always ask your doctor or nurse what to expect each time you get a vaccine. If you have a reaction or a problem after a vaccine, let him or her know.

Other notes of caution include egg allergies. “If you have an egg allergy, let your doctor or nurse know. Some vaccines have egg in them,” Holbrook says. “Additionally, if you are pregnant or want to get pregnant, let your   doctor or nurse know. Knowing the basics of common vaccines can help you and your family live long and healthy lives!”

Article by: Derrick Holbrook and Jason Huddle

Photo Courtesy: CDC.Gov

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