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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

ADULT VACCINATIONS

Last week I trekked over to the pharmacy to get my annual flu shot. Have I ever told you how much I don't like, hate, abhor needles? 

What I hate even more is getting sick with things like the flu, and as I get older I know that the risks from contracting the flu grow. So I try to keep up with the recommendations for adult vaccines. 


Next month I will get the shingles vaccine. There is a waiting period of 30 days between the two shots. After the first of the year I will get the pneumonia vaccine. SIGH!!! 

I hear so many people say that they don't get the shots because they never get sick, but as someone who is the mother of a daughter with a primary immune deficiency I know that it is important for everyone to be immunized.

My daughter, like millions of other people with compromised immune systems cannot get live vaccines. Instead she relies on herd immunity, which is the immunity or resistance to a particular infection that occurs in a group of people when a very high percentage of individuals have been vaccinated or previously exposed to the infection. Much of her immunity comes from the once a week infusions she gives to herself of immune globulin, which comes from blood supplies. This however only gives her partial immunity. If there was no one out there with preventable diseases, she would not have to worry about coming into contact with them.

You can find the CDC recommended immunizations chart for adults here.

I hope you will consider getting the recommended adult vaccines for your age group and health situation. I can't think of anything more serene than living life free of preventable illnesses. 

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10 comments:

  1. Yay! I started getting the flu vaccine a few years ago when I would visit my Mom in the Fall...she insisted. I am around little one's and her and none of us need to be sick. I've already had my flu shot and will get the pneumonia shot next year. I have to wait on the shingles shot until Rosemary is older because she could get sick from me. I urge everyone to get a flu shot and really it doesn't hurt much and I'm a wimp!!

    Linda

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    1. Thanks for prompting my brain to think about when I get the shingles shot. I need to make sure I won't be seeing my daughter for a few weeks as it is a live vaccine. I am a definite wimp too, Linda. Maybe we can form a club :)

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  2. Hi Laura! You are a very wise and practical woman.
    All the best to your daughter, yourself and in fact to all your family!

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  3. I couldn't agree more with you on this matter! I am a firm advocate of getting the appropriate vaccines and screenings for your age I get the flu shot every year and I've already had my shingles vaccine. I have a regular check up every year, get my cholesterol checked, get a mammogram as suggested, gynecologist check up every year and a colonoscopy when suggested. I have chronic health problems that must be kept in check so I'm already at the doctor several times a year as it is so anything else I can do to prevent things is important. What I have wrong with me now is caused by bad genes. Can't change those! But anything I do have control over I will handle aggressively. I think the myth that bothers me the most is that the flu shot will give you the flu. That is nonsense and obviously not true. Otherwise, everyone that got it would be walking around sick!!! I will warn you about your shingles vaccine (that no one warned me about), your arm will be very sore for a long time afterwards! That was my experience but maybe that was just ;my reaction. Just be prepared if that happens to you. I have had shingles before (when I was only 18). You don't want it!

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    1. The appropriate vaccines are important at every age, Kelly. Glad you are being so proactive with your health care. I watched my daughter suffer through a terrible case of shingles when she was a teenager. It was awful. Getting my first colonoscopy next week. :)

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  4. Glad to hear you are taking such good care of yourself! As a person who works in a school, I think vaccines are so important!

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  5. We've been hearing about a lot of parents opting out of vaccines for their kids...and every time there is another measles outbreak and someone ends up with serious complications it makes me sad. I wish that people would realize just how important this is to keep up with....

    Jen

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    1. It is so important, Jen and people don't realize that although they may be able to fight off illnesses there is a large vulnerable population who aren't and who they are exposing.

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