Thursday, August 14, 2008

Even Grown-ups need their shots

In one of my posts here I have shared the six deadly childhood diseases that parents should take action and bring their children for their shots. Don’t you know that adults or grown-ups need their shots too?

Here are some key vaccinations that grown-ups should take action.

1. Chicken Pox – If you didn’t have chicken pox as a child, you should be vaccinated. The virus causes more severe symptoms in adults than in kids. For pregnant woman, If you catch this during pregnancy, there is a great possibility that your baby could have birth defects.

2. Tetanus and Diphtheria- These bacterial infections can damage your nervous system and even kill you. But most people don’t think about getting a shot until they step on a rusty nail. Truth is, you should have tetanus and diphtheria booster (the vaccines are usually combined) every 10 years.

3. Flu- don’t miss this shot if you are over 50, are in your second or third trimester of pregnancy, or have a chronic disease or weak immune system. The shot attacks a different strain of influenza each year, so revaccinate every 12 months.

4. Pneumonia- If you’re 65 or older or have chronic disease or weak immune system, you should line up for a dose of pneumococcal vaccine. Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs and cause death.

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