Vaccines aren’t just for kids - it’s important for adults to also stay protected and prevent the spread of diseases. On a regular basis, there is a new report regarding a disease outbreak somewhere in the world. From mumps to measles, diseases that were once thought to be eradicated are coming back because people are not getting vaccinated.
Reasons to Get Vaccinated:
1. Avoid illnesses when traveling outside of the country
Adults who travel outside of the country often are more at risk for certain diseases, it’s important for them to review the immunizations they will need for the country they will be traveling to. Some countries require certain vaccinations before allowing travelers to enter. If traveling with a child, plan ahead with your child’s pediatrician to ensure they have the correct vaccine.
2. You can't afford to get sick
Even healthy people can get dangerous diseases, leading to undesirable time away from work and school. Not getting your vaccines may also lead 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. Prevent the spread of diseases to your loved ones
Vaccines help prevent the spread of serious diseases to people with weakened immune systems and babies that are too young to get vaccinated.
Women who are pregnant should be up-to-date with their vaccines, as they protect the mother and her baby by preventing illnesses. Pregnant women should get the pertussis, commonly called whooping cough, vaccine during pregnancy.
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.