You’re Never too Old to Get Immunized!

Vaccines for Adults:

Vaccines work with your immune system to help protect you from infections and disease.

Vaccination, also called immunization, works by giving you a weekend or dead form of certain germs. These germs are not strong enough to make you sick, yet you will still make antibodies to fight them. The antibodies will then stick around to be ready to fight off an actual infection if you are ever exposed to one.

Fight Excuses with Facts:

Excuse:”Vaccines are just for kids“

Fact: Both adults and children benefit from vaccines. And some vaccines are only for adults of certain age. Plus, some vaccines you may received as a child will need boosters during adulthood.

Excuse: ”Vaccines will make me sick”

Fact: Vaccines won’t make you sick because they are made from a weakened or dead form of the disease. You might have mild side effects like aches and fever, but these usually only last a day or two.

Excuse:”I’m healthy so I don’t need it”

Fact: Vaccines are not just for sick or elderly people. And they are a simple step you can take today to help keep you feeling well.

You never outgrow the need for vaccines. No matter what your age, there are recommended vaccines to help keep you healthy.

• Following your immunization schedule is one of the best ways to stay on track with the vaccines you need.

• If you were vaccinated as a child, some of the protection from the vaccines can decrease over time. Plus, there are vaccines now available that may not have been available when you were a child.

• It’s never too late to get vaccinated. Even if you are behind on your vaccines or were not vaccinated as a child, your healthcare provider can help get you back on track.

• Each year more than 50,000 people in the U.S. die from vaccine-preventable diseases. That is more than the number of people who die from HIV/AIDS, breast cancer, or traffic accidents combined.

• You cannot get the flu from the flu vaccine.

• The following diseases are especially serious in adults 65 years old or older: flu (influenza), diphtheria, herpes zoster (shingles), pneumococcus and tetanus.All of them can be prevented by vaccines.

• Everyone should keep a record of the vaccines they’ve received.

• It’s important to talk to your doctor about your immunization history. It’s also a good idea to check if you need additional vaccines whenever you plan to travel outside the U.S. Newborns are particularly vulnerable to many vaccine-preventable diseases but are too young to be vaccinated against most of them. Adults who will be around newborns should take special care to keep up with their vaccines so they do not pass a vaccine-preventable disease to the unprotected baby. Pertussis and the flu are two of the most common vaccine-preventable diseases that infected adults can pass to a baby.

Visit us at Med-Ped Health Care LLC, and ask our doctors which vaccine you need and you will receive right away because most of the vaccines are available in our offices.

One of our patients shared her experience saying;

I decided to get the pneumonia vaccine because I had just killed off a bout of some unknown lung infection and never want to go through that again (with the pleurisy for weeks, as well…very painful) and I’m 64. I’m thinking it’s one of the best things I can do for myself, together with the flu vaccine and the shingles-prevention vaccine I got as soon as I turned 60 (that’s the suggested age for the shingles vac.) My pneumonia vaccine was a little sore at the injection site, but went away within the day. I’m wondering if I’ll need a booster in five years since I wasn’t 65 at my 1st pneum. vaccine. Since I’m only 1 year away, what do you think? Get your vaccination… it may save your life, down the road.

Another patient said;

I got mine because I got the infection three years in a row, at the same time. It was not fun. The doctor finally gave the vaccine!

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About Dhalia Nayeef

Dhalia Al Saidi Medical Office Coordinator As a medical office coordinator, I develop and maintain computerized record management systems to store and process data such as organization of the Electronic Medical Records and dealing with the prescription refill requests for patients. I also research and update the contents of the weight loss website www.LoseWeightDailyMD.com and healthy education materials for our patients.

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