Three Important Reasons for Adults to Get Vaccinated
When was the last time you've been vaccinated? Each year in the United States vaccine-preventable diseases claim the lives of hundreds of children and tens of thousands of adults. Adults often don’t get vaccines because they don’t think they need them, they are worried about how they are going to pay for them, or they typically haven’t been encouraged to get them -but they need to. Immunizations are still important to your health. Here are three reasons why you never outgrow the need for vaccines:
1. You may be at risk for serious diseases that are still common in the U.S.
Each year thousands of adults in the United States get sick from diseases that could be prevented by vaccines — some people are hospitalized, and some even die.
Even if you got all your vaccines as a child, the protection from some vaccines can wear off over time. You may also be at risk for other diseases due to your age, job, lifestyle, travel, or health conditions.
2. You can’t afford to risk getting sick.
Even healthy people can get sick enough to miss work or school. If you’re sick, you may not be able to take care of your family or other responsibilities.
Not getting your vaccines can lead to may also cause you to receive costly medical bills if you are sent to the doctor or hospital due to a disease. Doctors visits, hospitalization, and medications to help treat the disease are often much more expensive than the cost of simply getting the vaccine to prevent the disease.
3. You can protect your health and the health of those around you by getting the recommended vaccines.
Vaccines lower your chance of getting sick. Vaccines work with your body’s natural defense to lower the chances of getting certain diseases as well as suffering complications from these diseases.
Vaccines lower your chance of spreading certain diseases.
There are many things you want to pass on to your loved ones; a vaccine preventable disease is not one of them. Infants, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems (like those undergoing cancer treatment) are especially vulnerable to vaccine preventable diseases.
Vaccines are one of the safest ways to protect your health. Vaccine side effects are usually mild and go away on their own. Severe side effects are very rare.
Adults can get vaccines at doctors’ offices, pharmacies, workplaces, community health clinics and other locations.