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Vaccines: Not Just for Kids

Laura Hahn

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As an adult, you have hopefully received all the vaccinations administered to you as a child. (If you're not sure, speak to your doctor about checking your records and getting up to date.) It's important for adults to stay up to date on booster shots and the flu vaccine each year. In addition to getting the Tdap while pregnant, this is especially true for family members and caregivers before coming in contact with a new baby, since whooping cough in particular can be deadly for newborns. Before your nanny starts or you have family members visit, it is prudent to request that they all get a Tdap so you know your child is safe.

While our platform is used to bring awareness to preventable diseases and help to children in need, it's important to remember that tens of thousands of adults in the US alone still suffer, are hospitalized, or even die from vaccine-preventable diseases. Getting vaccinated is quick and economical; it saves families money by preventing time off from work or time in the hospital for recovery. The recommended vaccines for adults are influenza (flu), shingles, pneumonia, hepatitis, and whooping cough. A survey in 2014 showed that the majority of adults have not received a Tdap, pneumococcal, shingles, or flu shot, and as we've mentioned before, vaccination rates sometimes need to be up to 90-95% in order for herd immunity to work.

Talk with your health care professional about which vaccines are right for you based on your age, health, job, lifestyle, and other factors, in addition to making sure you're up to date on all other vaccines. If you can't get to the doctor's office, you can also get vaccinated at pharmacies, some work places, community health clinics, and health departments. You can take the CDC's quiz here to find out which vaccines might be recommended for you. And you can also find a vaccine provider near you here.