Vaccine Importance: Why Getting Immunized Protects You and Those You Love

Vaccine Importance: Why Getting Immunized Protects You and Those You Love

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Many of us agree that immunizations prove critical in protecting the health of children. But, as we age, we shy away from that needle – thinking that we are naturally immune (or at least we hope so).

The truth is that staying up-to-date on vaccines offers significant protection for both children and adults, while preventing outbreaks of serious illness. Also, the immunization of both age groups guards the other. In other words, vaccines prevent not only you from getting sick but also those around you no matter their age.

As stated, many of us believe it is enough to leave vaccines to the youngest generation. However, while this goes a long way to benefit society, it does not provide enough protection for you or others. With age, health conditions and weakened immune system responses increase the need for you to be vaccinated.


Reasons to Be Immunized

Keeping up-to-date on your vaccines serves several purposes.

Let’s Get Personal

Finances spent on things other than illness prove to be more satisfying.

Paying for doctor appointments, tests and hospitalizations can feel like throwing your money away when you would rather spend it on a vacation, your grandchildren or a dinner out. Though these costs prove necessary at times, immunizations reduce the risk of serious illness and the costs associated with health care.

You only live once, make it healthy.

Illness robs you of the freedom which marks the senior years. However, keeping current on vaccines and meeting with your health care team decreases your chance of contracting illnesses. This act alone allows you to enjoy your days unhindered by the severe discomfort of shingles or the debilitating effects of the flu.

Serious disease prevention proves possible.

The truth is that illnesses, even those that began in your youth, can lead to serious complications and even death in your later years. Getting immunized serves to protect you from these consequences.

Peace of mind for you and those you love.

Knowing that your health is protected in the best way possible breeds mental freedom as well. And, your loved ones can be reassured that you intend to live a long and healthy life with them.

It is likely that your doctor can explain even more reasons why vaccines are necessary. Schedule an examination and ask him or her to talk with you about and provide current information on vaccines. Developing an immunization schedule together with a medical professional helps get you up-to-date and on track in this regard.

Even if you were vaccinated as a child, protections wear off over time. Or, the bacteria changes, leaving your system at risk. Check with your doctor about the need to be re-immunized or receive a booster to protect yourself medically.

There is no denying that chronic health issues like heart disease, COPD and diabetes may accompany aging for many of us. The same holds true of a weakened immune system. Unfortunately, these conditions place people at greater risk of complications from vaccine-preventable diseases. For instance, even a mild case of the flu wreaks havoc for people afflicted with these conditions. And, those suffering from asthma or COPD see a greater incidence of pneumonia resulting from the flu.

While seemingly minute, the consequences of these complications may include serious illness, a hospital stay or even death.


The Bigger Picture

You can prevent others from getting preventable diseases.

Several people cannot receive immunizations due to age or condition. Getting a vaccine yourself keeps bacteria from those around you who are at risk, such as newborn grandbabies or a friend fighting cancer.

The elimination of some illnesses lies, in part, with you.

Vaccines prove to eliminate many diseases and bring others to the point of extinction. By getting immunized, you play a role in a future of greater safety regarding disease.


Recommended Adult Vaccines

Immunizations recommended by the CDC for most adults include:

  • Flu vaccine, annually.
  • Td, every ten years.
  • Td/Tdap vaccine, once.

Additional immunization guidelines come into play depending on age, health, employment, hobbies and other factors:

  • Chicken pox
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR)
  • Meningococcal
  • Pneumococcal
  • Shingles


Travel Safety Immunizations

Travelling brings a separate set of vaccination considerations. And, the move into a transient adult culture often brings plenty of opportunities for moving between countries and continents. Plus, the freedom to travel often accompanies aging.

Check with the CDC and your healthcare provider to be in-the-know if you plan a trip outside the U.S. Some vaccines require several months lead time. Also, some countries require certain vaccinations for you to enter as a guest. So, be sure to gather information well in advance. Being properly immunized before travel ensures a memorable, illness-free experience and a healthier return.

Immunization dangers such as an allergic reaction are rare. The risks far outweigh this chance. For fun, check out the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) vaccination quiz to stay in-the-know.  Then, make locating a provider near you a priority.

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