Kids (not) getting vaccines is all the rage, but lets not neglect the adults in the room.
Just because you are older doesn't mean you are done. There are vaccines you should consider as well. [gizmodo.com]
Summarizing into consumable list form (your welcome)
Flu Vaccine - Annual
- Influenza kills. The elderly are particularly susceptible.
Tetanus and Diptheria - Booster every 10 years
- An old country doctor (yes, seriously) once told me as a kid that ~
the only tetanus shot I ever worried about was the one I didn't give.
If you get a deep wound and can't tell a doctor exactly when you got your last booster, they'll probably give you one for Good Bull.
Hepatitis A - various risk groups (e.g. gay men)
Hepatitis B - various risk groups (e.g. gay men)
Pnumococcal conjugate - over 65
- helps ward off pneumonia
Serogroup B meningococcal - young adults/college students
- protects against meningitis which is more common on college campuses
human papillomavirus (HPV)- Women below 27, Men below 22
- protects against some cervical and other cancers (after those ages you likely are already infected...bummer.)
Shingles - adult in 50s/60s
- Particularly if you ever had Chicken pox, that virus can flare back up in later life and and cause a very painful and debilitating illness called Shingles.
Yellow Fever - traveling to certain areas of the world
Typhoid Fever - traveling to certain areas of the world
Anthrax - Working with certain animals or near a military lab
Of course, you should talk to your doctor if you’re worried about not having gotten all the vaccines and boosters you might need. But really, for most of us, the flu shot is most crucial. It’s dirt cheap, won’t give you the flu, and might even save a life, including yours.
I mean, who DOESN'T love needles?