Adults Need Their Shots, Too

Image of an adult female getting a vaccine shot.

August is National Immunization Awareness Month, and it’s a great time to remind family, friends, and coworkers to stay up to date on their shots.  Vaccines are not just for kids.  Adults need to stay protected against serious illnesses like the flu, measles, and tuberculosis.  Adults age 65 and older need to get a shot to prevent pneumonia.

Flu season is coming.  Everyone age 6 months and older needs to get a flu shot every year.  For some people, the flu can cause serious infections like pneumonia, make some health problems like asthma worse, and lead to hospitalization or even death.

The flu spreads easily from one person to many others.  It’s important to remember that a flu shot not only helps protect the person who receives the shot—it helps protect that person’s family, coworkers and community.

There’s a wealth of information at  the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Healthfinder.gov website, including this quiz to see which vaccines you need:  http://www2.cdc.gov/nip/adultimmsched/?s_cid=bb-adults-adultquiz-025

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