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A Few Reasons Why Adults Require Vaccines

By Suzain Holmes on June 06, 2014

An image of a watery-eyed child getting a shot at a clinic strikes our mind, whenever vaccines are thought of. Following a proper child immunization schedule is significant. We, however, don't consider the significance of these shots for adults.

Just like immunization chart for children, why do not we have a proper chart for immunization for adults? This is because, a vaccine schedule for adults depends on multiple factors such as:-

  • Lifestyle
  • Age
  • Medical conditions
  • Vaccination history
  • Travel plans

Proper vaccination schedule must be followed by both children and adults. Nevertheless, many grownups are not optimally vaccinated. The sudden spike in the adult immunization cost can be a reason for grownups not getting vaccinated. The track of required vacciniums by an adult is not difficult to maintain. The adults need to contact their doctors or pharmacists to know about what vaccines they require. Continue reading to know why vaccinations are important for adults.

Limited protection

Having being vaccinated as a child may no longer be valuable in his/her adulthood. A few vaccines require boosters to continue protection. However, the protective shield will not remain forever for diseases such as tetanus, whooping cough, etc.

Some vaccines are exclusively for adults

A perfect example of vaccinum for adults is shingles. Also known as zoster or herpes zoster, shingles occurs due to the chickenpox virus' reactivation. The disease can cause terrible skin rash. Risk of shingles escalates for people as they age. A vaccine for shingles is recommended for people in their 60s.

Getting vaccination helps protect a grownup's kids - especially babies

The vaccinum for whooping cough is recommended for a pregnant woman, having a gestation period between 27-36 weeks. Also, the same shot is recommended for people, having contacts with babies.

Special vaccinations while travelling

It is advisable to get vaccinated whenever planning a visit to the developing world. While travelling to such a place, grownups can encounter a disease that may not be active at their home country. For example, a meningococcal vaccination is required by the Saudi Arabian government, if planning a visit to Hajj.

Everyone requires a flu vaccine a year

As per research works, everyone of age six months or older should get a flu vaccine yearly. Only those must be exempted who do have a medical reason for not receiving the vaccination. Every year's flu vaccination is designed for protecting against up to three strains of influenza.

Adults need to set an example

Most children have trypanophobia: fear of needles. Many kids believe if mother, father, grandma and grandpa are excused from vaccines, then why should not they? However, adults must set an example for children. There are several vacciniums that grownups should get, and resultantly, set an example for kids.

Newer vacciniums are developed

A few vaccinations that are recommended for a grownup are new. For example, the first shingles and HPV vacciniums were developed in 2006. Research works show that the number of grownups being vaccinated is increasing.

All these reasons point that vaccinations are an integral part of not only childhood but adulthood.

Hilleman Laboratories is a Healthcare Research labs in India and committed to developing high impact, Vaccine research & development in India, Rotavirus children, affordable vaccines for child immunization in developing countries in an innovative manner.

Original article published on SooperArticles.com

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