Lately, doctors have been pointing out that vaccines are good for adults too. California’s doctors are turning their attention to adults. That’s because vaccines received as children tend to wear off over time.
Millions of people are now covered by the Affordable Care Act. This law allows them to be vaccinated against the flu, tetanus, measles, hepatitis A and B, meningococcal disease and other illnesses. This will not involve copay or out of pocket cost.
This move by the California Department of Public Health confirms the popular belief that it’s better to prevent rather than to cure. It’s probably cheaper, too to completely protect yourself from diseases in the first place, rather than spending money on treating them.
Dr. Ruth Haskins, of the California Medical Association, clarifies some myths about vaccines and answers to a few questions on vaccination:
- How big of a problem is the lack of vaccines in adults?
It’s a matter of life and death. Sometimes people die from the flu. It is completely preventable if everybody gets the flu vaccine during flu season. Pregnant women should especially get the vaccine, as their immune system is down.
- What other vaccines should adults get?
It is important that adults over 50 get the shingles vaccine. If you had chicken pox as a child, it could come back as shingles as an adult. It can cause pain, death, or blindness. It is avoidable with a simple varicella vaccine. As people live longer lives, it’s important to get immunized against shingles. Other important vaccines are against pertussis, flu vaccine and Hepatitis A and B vaccines.
- Why don’t more adults get these vaccines?
It’s probably misinformation. Or they look at he sensationalized information about people who are against vaccines. They pay more attention to the headlines, rather than paying more attention to their physician who cares about public health.
It’s also important to note that vaccines are not just for kids. They are for all stages of life. Also, from now on, pharmacists in California will be able, willing and compensated to give vaccines as well as doctors. And remember, vaccines are good for adults, too!
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