Immunizations aren’t just for kids. In fact, people of all ages can protect their health with timely vaccinations.
In support of National Immunization Awareness Month, we are focusing on the importance of adult vaccines during August.
As an Internal Medicine Physician, many of my patients suffer from chronic diseases. If you suffer from a chronic condition such as COPD, Asthma, Diabetes, or Heart Disease, vaccines are especially important. Adults with chronic conditions are more likely to develop complications from certain vaccine-preventable diseases.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends adults with asthma, COPD, or other conditions affecting the lungs, get a yearly influenza (flu) vaccine and a pneumococcal (pneumonia) vaccine - once before age 65 and again at age 65.
Diabetes, type 1 and type 2, can weaken the immune system’s ability to fight the flu. Even those with well-managed diabetes are more likely than those without diabetes to have complications from the flu such as pneumonia, which can lead to hospitalization. The CDC emphasizes the importance of annual influenza vaccines for this group along with the pneumococcal vaccine.
People with heart disease or stroke have a higher risk of serious medical complications from the flu. An interesting fact: people with heart disease have almost a three times higher risk of being hospitalized with influenza than those without heart disease. The CDC recommends people with heart disease get a pneumococcal vaccine and a yearly influenza (flu) vaccine.
For those who travel outside the United States, additional vaccines may be required. Prepare at least 6 weeks in advance of your trip abroad by visiting our office for recommendations regarding immunizations.
Getting vaccinated is a simple way to prevent disease. Don’t risk serious health problems or complications by simply avoiding a shot. Make sure you’re protected.