Adults Need Vaccines, Too
Measles is making a comeback in some parts of the country, thanks to declining
vaccination rates for children. While about 90% of Louisiana children
are vaccinated for measles, our overall childhood vaccination rates have
been on the decline. Generally, children should receive
7 vaccines before their second birthday, including polio, whooping cough, measles
and hepatitis B. In Louisiana, only 70% of children have received all
seven on schedule.
But children aren’t the only ones who need to keep their vaccines
up-to-date. In addition to getting a flu shot every year, doctors recommend
adults get a tetanus and diphtheria booster every 10 years. And once you
reach 50, a shingles vaccine is a good idea. For adults older than 65,
doctors recommend a pnemococcal vaccine to protect against lung infections.
Immunization is the safest and simplest way to protect your health throughout
your life. Side effects are typically mild and most health insurance plans
cover recommended vaccines.