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Immunizations Are
By: Glin Winsor, Store Manager Walgreens
Regardless of age, we all need immu- nizations to keep us healthy. With time, immunity from childhood vac- cines can decrease and you may be at
risk for different diseases that could be prevented by being vaccinated with one of the new vaccines that are available. With adulthood comes responsibility, including the need to protect ourselves and our loved ones. Getting immunized is a lifelong, life-protecting job.
The specific immunizations you need as an adult are determined by fac- tors such as age, lifestyle, health condi- tions, locations of travel, and previous immunization.
All adults need:
• Influenza (flu)
• Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis
(whooping cough) also called Tdap
• Pneumococcal
• Zoster (Shingles)
Influenza is a serious disease caused by a virus. This is not just the common cold. You can catch influenza from people who cough, sneeze, or even just talk around you.
Each year, an average of 226,000 people are hospitalized due to influenza and between 3,000 and 49,000 people die of influenza and its complica-
tions, the majority are among adults. Influenza is very unpredictable. No
one knows how deadly influenza will be each year. Even if you have a mild case of influenza, you can still pass the virus on to your friends and family who could get very sick or even die.
Older adults and those with health conditions like lung and heart disease are at high risk for serious complica- tions from influenza.
Anyone can become seriously sick from influenza – even young, healthy people.
The best way to protect yourself and others from the flu is to get immunized. The influenza vaccine is given each year because immunity decreases after a year and because each year’s vaccine is formulated to prevent that year’s anticipated influenza viruses. The CDC and other health organizations deter- mine the strains to be placed in each year’s vaccine.
Health experts recommend that you get vaccinated as soon as vaccine is available at your pharmacy or doctor’s office. This can be as early as August or September.
Neither the injectable (inactivated) vaccine nor the live attenuated (nasal
spray) vaccine can cause influenza. Aging decreases the body's ability
to have a good immune response after getting influenza vaccine. A higher dose of antigen in the vaccine is supposed
to give older people a better immune response, and possibly provide better protection against flu. Whether or not the improved immune response leads to greater protection against influenza dis- ease after vaccination is not yet known.
Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis are three different diseases caused by bacteria.
Tetanus, also called Lockjaw, lives in the soil and gets into the body through cuts or wounds. The actual disease
is caused when the bacteria release a toxin, or poison, into a person's body. Tetanus can cause extremely painful muscle cramps all over the body. This disease can be deadly. In the most com- mon form of tetanus, the first sign is spasm of the jaw muscles, followed by stiffness of the neck, and difficulty in swallowing.
Diphtheria is also caused when the bacteria release a toxin, or poison, into a person's body. Diphtheria bacteria live in the mouth, throat, and nose of an infected person and can be passed to others by coughing or sneezing. Death occurs in 5%–10% of people infected with diphtheria. Because of widespread immunization and better living condi- tions, diphtheria is now rare in the United States. In order to keep diphthe- ria a low concern, it is important that we continue to be immunized against this disease.
Pertussis, also known as Whooping Cough, is spread through the air by coughing and sneezing. It is very con- tagious. Whooping cough can trigger coughing so severe that it results in vomiting and broken ribs.
To help protect yourself and possibly your loved ones against these vaccine preventable bacterial infections, it is important to be immunized on a regular schedule. Because immunity to diphtheria and tetanus wanes with time boosters of Td are needed every 10 years.
Due to recent significant increases in pertussis infections, there have been some outbreaks that have reached epi- demic levels. It is important all adults receive at least one dose of Tdap to allow for protection against all three bacterial infections (tetanus, diptheria, and pertussis). Adults ages 65 years and older are recommended to be given a single dose of Tdap if they have not previously received one. One dose of Tdap per lifetime to is used to replace one of the Td booster doses.
You are at greater risk for pneumona related infections if you are 65 or older,
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