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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