September 18, 2013

Immunizations Are Not Just For Kids

The Centers for Disease Control encourages all people to protect their health by being immunized against infectious diseases.  Did you know adults need to be vaccinated also?  Immunizations are NOT just for kids!  Regardless of your age, we ALL need immunizations to keep us healthy.  With time, immunity from childhood vaccines can fade and you may be at risk for new and different diseases.  With adulthood comes responsibility, including the need to protect ourselves and our loved ones.  The specific immunizations you need as an adult are determined by factors such as your age, lifestyle, high-risk conditions, type and locations of travel, and previous immunizations.  Throughout your adult life, you need immunizations to get and maintain protection.  Tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough) (for all adults who have not previously received the Tdap vaccine).  Hepatitis B infection (for adults who have diabetes or are at risk for hepatitis B).  Other vaccinations you may need include those that protect against human papillomavirus (which can cause certain cancers), hepatitis A, chickenpox (varicella), and measles, mumps and rubella.  Ask your doctor which vaccines are recommended for you.

Robert G. Tupac, DDS, FACP, Inc., Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics (661) 325-1275 | 5060 California Ave., #170, Bakersfield, CA 93309

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