Getting a quick prick in your arm— though mildly uncomfortable— could save you from weeks of being sick in bed, or worse. Staying up-to-date on vaccines like influenza and Tdap can help keep you and your loved ones healthy and safe. Learn why and how to get protected from serious, vaccine-preventable diseases:
Getting vaccinated can help you and those around you stay healthy
Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) tells us that every year, thousands of adults in the U.S. get sick from diseases that could be prevented by vaccines— some are hospitalized, and some even die. Vaccines work by helping your body’s natural defense lower your chances of getting certain diseases and from suffering complications from these diseases. Getting vaccinated will also lessen the risk of spreading certain diseases to others— including infants, older adults, or people with weakened immune systems who are especially at-risk for complications from vaccine-preventable diseases.
Even adults need to get vaccinated regularly
Even if you got vaccines as a child, you still need to stay up-to-date on certain immunizations because protection can wear off over time. According to CDC, all adults need:
- Influenza (flu) vaccine every year
- Td or Tdap vaccine (protects against tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough)
Getting a flu shot can help prevent you from getting sick or hospitalized from the flu, and can also help stop the spread of the flu virus. The Tdap vaccine protects against Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, which is a highly contagious respiratory disease that can cause serious illness and in some cases death.
Infants and children follow a different vaccine schedule than adults. Be sure to talk with your pediatrician to make sure your child is protected with the right vaccines. As an adult, you may need other vaccines as well based on your age, health condition and other risk factors. Make sure to talk to your doctor and learn what other vaccines may be recommended for you.
How do I get vaccinated?
As an adult, you have lots of options for places to go to get vaccinated. In addition to your doctor’s office, many pharmacies, workplaces, community health clinics, and health departments offer vaccinations. To find a vaccine provider near you, go to vaccine.healthmap.org.
Maintaining your health with regular immunizations is important no matter your age. By taking simple steps to get vaccinated you can safeguard you and those around you from serious illness.