Power Your Immunity: Make Sure Your Vaccinations Are Up-to-Date
If you think vaccines are just for kids, think again! Adults and teenagers need to get their shots, too. Ask your mom to hand over your vaccination records from childhood and check them out… are you up-to-date?
There are many diseases out there that can be easily prevented just by getting vaccinated, and there’s no reason not to. Vaccines are safe and widely available. Even if you got your shots as a kid, it’s important for you to be up-to-date with your immunizations.
Why is it important for me to get immunized?
- Some diseases would actually be more serious for you now than when you were a child.
- If you have not been immunized, you may spread diseases to others even if you are not experiencing symptoms.
- The financial and emotional problems that arise from preventable diseases can be life-shattering.
Which immunizations do I need? Take the Quiz!
|Vaccine||Who Needs It||Prevents|
|Meningococcal||Particularly people who live in dormitories and college environments||Bacterial meningitis, a serious and sometimes contagious infection of the fluid around the brain and spinal cord that can lead to brain damage and even death|
|Tdap||All adults need to get it every 10 years||Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough—it’s back!)|
|MMR||Everyone born after 1956||Measles, mumps, and rubella (German measles)|
|Hepatitis A||Everyone||Hepatitis A, a highly contagious disease that attacks the liver|
|Hepatitis B||Everyone, especially people who are exposed to blood at their jobs||Hepatitis B, a highly contagious virus found in bodily fluids such as blood, semen, vaginal fluid, and breast milk|
|Human papillomavirus (HPV)||Girls and young women aged 11-26 years old||HPV, a sexually transmitted disease known to cause cervical cancer|
|Influenza (Flu)||Everyone, especially women between the ages of 18-40||Flu|
Ask your health care provider if you are up-to-date. If you are not current or you don’t know, roll up that sleeve and get it over with! And from now on, keep records of your immunization status so you’ll always know when you’re due for a shot.