The Essential Vaccines Every Adult Should Have

Vaccines are an essential preventive health measure that allow you to walk through life with that extra measure of security. Vaccines basically work by building up your immunity to a specific disease through one or multiple injections.

In many states, certain vaccines are broadly required for children and teenagers to be able to attend public schools. Throughout adulthood, your exposure to vaccines is most likely related to occupation or travel.

Jobs and travel may require vaccination

For jobs in certain sectors, such as health care and medicine, government, or education, proof of vaccination is required as a prerequisite for work. The reasoning for this is based in safety. If you’re working with children or patients, being vaccinated ensures that you don’t inadvertently infect the individuals you’re serving. It works the other way around, too. If you’re with infectious patients or risk exposure to disease, you need to be protected. 

When it comes to travel, your doctor may recommend additional boosters or vaccines on a case-by-case basis. If you’re travelling internationally, consult a medical provider to inquire about additional vaccines that may be considered for your stay, depending on the disease burden of that country.

Which vaccines are most important for adults?

When it comes to the day-to-day, however, there are certain essential vaccines every adult should have to ensure that you are happy and healthy in the days to come. New York state recommends that adults receive at least the following vaccines:

MMR

MMR stands for measles, mumps, and rubella. Even though many people associate these diseases with childhood, they can affect individuals of any age. If you haven’t had these diseases as a child, so are not immune to it, you should be vaccinated for MMR at once.

From January to April 2019, the number of measles cases in the United States has skyrocketed past records for the same period in all previous years, so it’s important to ensure you’re vaccinated to stay protected.

Pneumococcal

This vaccine is specific to a certain type of bacteria, and it works to prevent onset of pneumonia, meningitis, and sepsis. Pneumonia is an inflammatory lung disease that can lead to serious effects if untreated. Meningitis is a form of brain inflammation, and sepsis refers to blood poisoning.

Td and Tdap

Td is a vaccine for tetanus and diphtheria toxoids, and Tdap is the same plus acellular pertussis. The vaccine protects you from nervous system infections that come from open wounds, such as if you step on a rusty nail while barefoot. You receive vaccinations against these conditions throughout your life, and it’s important to get the Td booster every 10 years as an adult.

Influenza

The influenza vaccine, also known colloquially as the flu shot, exposes you to this year’s strain of the flu, helping you develop an immunity so you don’t catch the flu. It is important to get a new flu shot every year as the vaccine does change to protect against different strains. Try to get your flu shot before the cough and cold season, so in the months of August or September. This gives your time body to adjust before the main infectious season begins.

Your doctor may recommend further vaccines or boosters depending on your health history and lifestyle. Vaccines are an important and life-saving tool to prevent illness and ensure that you stay happy and healthy. To learn more about vaccines or to schedule your vaccination appointment with Liberty Medical Services, call or book online today.

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