Vaccinations: they're not just for kids!
According to another one of those pesky recent studies, adults in the United States are not getting their vaccinations. Yes, adults are supposed to get vaccinated too--just because we can legally drink doesn't mean we can totally avoid the needle.
The debate about whether or not we should is another matter all together. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) however, adults should be vaccinated against everything from chickenpox to the flu to the hepatitis family to cancer, and many, many other diseases.
One professional quoted in the article, Dr. William Schafner, Vice President of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Studies and chairman of the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine's Department of Preventive Medicine, stated that it was important to remember that death and illness associated with these infections could be largely preventable with proper vaccinations.
Another doctor in the article said a big problem was that many adults don't know about vaccinations or that they are available for adults.The same doctor said the onus should be on those in the medical profession to share this information with adults.
One negative to immunizing adults is the cost. Ranging from anywhere from $150--$300 (as noted in the article) and probably upwards from that, not everyone can afford to be vaccinated. Plus there is the age-old question of whether we should vaccinate at all. Many parents are more than concerned about possible links to vaccinations for children and autism. Some are opposed to vaccinations for religious beliefs. Some, like me, just have a "thing" against getting the flu shot.
So, should adults be vaccinated? I don't know the answer, but I do know one thing. At least we're old enough to make the decision for ourselves.
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