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SW: Feature Report Channel
Reported January 27, 2012

One Shot For A Healthy Life

ORLANDO, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) --You may think your kids are the only ones that should be up to date on their shots but did you know. Every year, 40,000 people in the U.S die from diseases that could have been prevented by a vaccine? Age is just a number when it comes to your health. 

A bad cough, sneezing, and congestion, we try to avoid these symptoms at all costs but thousands of adults still go without recommended vaccinations every year.

“I actually had the flu twice last year and ended up in the ER the second time,” Mary Lowery told Ivanhoe.

Studies show only one third of adults take the flu shot during the season. And other more dangerous diseases are also being put on the back burner. The most forgotten illness?  Chicken pox. It’s not just for kids. In fact adults are 10 times more likely to be hospitalized when they have chickenpox than are children. The CDC recommends two doses of the vaccine if you’ve never had it. If you’re 60 or older you’re not off the hook. One million adults get shingles every year.

It’s caused by the same virus as chicken pox. It stays dormant for years and can reactivate, causing severe pain. It’s recommended for all adults over 60. Finally, whooping cough. For years one shot as a child was considered enough, but doctors say it’s becoming more of an adult problem.  They suggest adults especially parents, have one Tdap shot followed by a tetanus booster every 10 years.

Protecting yourself, so you can protect those that need you most.

Your doctor should review your status with you every checkup. Blood tests can show if you need the vaccine for some types of diseases but the best bet is just being revaccinated. Even if you’ve taken the shot in the past, it won’t harm you.

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