While some people only associate vaccines with children, it’s also important for adults to receive vaccinations. With the COVID-19 vaccine being a prevalent topic today, there’s no better time to discuss the importance of vaccines for your health, as well as the health of the community at large.
The Importance of Vaccines for Adults
Stay Safe Against Serious Disease
Adults can stay safe against serious diseases that are preventable by vaccines, including tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, pneumococcal, measles, mumps, rubella, and HPV, among others. Even the flu can be potentially life-threatening, making it crucial for adults to receive a flu shot every year.
Many vaccines are administered during childhood but may require a booster shot later in life. Additionally, if there are vaccines that you didn’t receive as a child, you may be able to get them as an adult to gain protection against certain illnesses.
Keep Others from Getting Sick
Vaccines not only prevent you from getting sick; they also prevent the spread of serious diseases. When you’re vaccinated for a disease, you won’t spread it to others — including those who are immunocompromised and more likely to get seriously ill. To keep the entire population safe from infectious diseases, it’s important for all adults to receive the recommended immunizations.
Protect Your Health and Livelihood
As if the discomfort and health risks associated with getting sick aren’t enough, an illness can bring your regular schedule to a halt. If you come down sick, you may have to put your work and family responsibilities on hold, as well as the activities that you love. By getting vaccinated, you can stop a sudden illness from becoming an obstacle.
Visiting your primary care doctor for your annual physical will help keep you up-to-date on vaccinations. At Florida Wellness Medical Group, our trained physicians can make vaccine recommendations for your long-term health. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.