Being healthy is a lifetime pursuit – not a destination. This month, I will be sharing tips and information on how to be – and stay — healthy.
Are your vaccinations up to date?
With the recent focus on the dangers of failing to vaccinate children, experts say unvaccinated adults are at risk too, not just in getting the diseases vaccinations prevent but in passing on the disease to the young, the frail and the elderly. A study done for the 2012-2013 flu seasons revealed that only 45% of adults 50-64 were vaccinated against influenza that year. Fewer than 18% of adults 18-64 have updated their Tdap vaccination (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) and less than 22% in the same age bracket have received one of two vaccines meant to protect against bacteria that causes pneumonia, ear and sinus infections. (“It’s Time for Grown-Ups to Get Their Shots,” Laura Landro, Wall Street Journal, March 16, 2015)
While vaccinations aren’t 100% effective; they don’t ward off an illness entirely BUT vaccinations can reduce the intensity and the risk of long-term complications.
My husband and I are faithful in getting our annual flu shots. The one year I did not get one, I was wholloped with a horrible case of flu. With the return of pertussis (whooping cough), we were sure to get our vaccination booster for a couple of reasons. First, since we are around our grand kids, we didn’t want to risk infecting them. Second, my husband’s brother contracted the disease in 2012 when there was an epidemic in Johnson County, Kansas. He was 68 at the time and got hit hard, needing hospitalization. To this day, his lungs have never fully recovered. It is scary!!
I will definitely get the Shingles vaccine when I turn 60. I have seen too many friends deal with that very painful disease and want to avoid it all costs.
We were so zealous in making sure our growing children received their shots on the prescribed timetable. Now, we need to be just as diligent with that same care and concern for ourselves. Once immunized, always immunized is not necessarily the case.
#13 Get and Stay Healthy: Vaccinate
Educate yourself on the shots you need updated an adult — and get them– to insure a healthy lifestyle.