Each year, thousands of American adults get sick and require hospitalization for illnesses that could have been prevented by vaccines; a number of them end up dying from these illnesses. While you may have been vaccinated as a child, the effect of these vaccines often wears off over time. Also, as you grow older, your lifestyle, vocation, or health conditions exposes you to other types of diseases.
Here are some vaccines to keep you protected:
- Hepatitis A and B
- Flu Shots
Tdap stands for tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (also known as whooping cough); all 3 lead to severe illnesses or death. The Tdap vaccine is important to everybody, more so to pregnant women as it protects the unborn child from whooping cough.
The hepatitis viruses affect the liver and almost 3,000 people get infected by either one virus every year. The people most vulnerable to hepatitis A or B include frequent travelers, people with liver conditions, drug users, etc. Fortunately, one shot of the hepatitis vaccine protects the average adult for about 25 years.
People infected with this virus are at risk of meningitis, pneumonia, infections of the blood, and death. The vaccine is prescribed majorly for adults 65 years and older. However, post-teens with immune system conditions, transplanted organs, or a cochlear implant should ask their doctors about PCV13 or PPSV23.
This vaccine protects against Measles, Mumps, and Rubella; 3 highly-contagious diseases. Those born after 1957 that haven’t received this vaccine should try to get the shot as soon as possible; there has been an increase in measles infections in the US lately.
For protection against the flu, you will need to take this vaccine every year; if you do, your chances of contracting the disease is reduced by 50%. Even if you contract it, it will be non-severe.
If you are interested in partaking in clinical trials to test new vaccines, please reach out to us at DM Clinical Research. We connect individuals that want to be a part of clinical studies with research organizations and pharmaceutical companies.