Canadian Pharmacists Recommend Vaccines for Adults
Of all of my favorite childhood memories, immunizations don’t rank even close to the top of the list. I remember sitting in a doctor’s office at the age of five, bawling my eyes out before the nurse even brought out the needle. For a child, immunizations cause a panicky fear, because they’re unnatural, scary and on top of that, they hurt. However, as adults, it’s important to adhere to a regular vaccine schedule in order to obtain the maximum protection from many preventable diseases, despite the irrational fear that links immunizations to bad childhood memories.
Different adult immunizations protect against various conditions ranging from sexually transmitted infections to diseases that stem from contamination and infection. Canadian healthcare professionals recommend that adults receive an immunization for tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis every ten years. Vaccines for measles, mumps and rubella are usually administered during childhood and may be recommended for adults who have not taken this vaccine and were born after 1970. In the past few years, researchers have developed a vaccine for chickenpox, called varicella, which can be recommended for adults who have not yet had the disease, however this vaccine is not yet recommended for widespread use.
Adults should also consider immunizations in preparation for traveling internationally, as diseases that are not common in the western countries are often more prominent in international areas. Incorporate a visit to your local doctor’s office into your trip planning process, so that your doctor can recommend any vaccines that may specifically protect from conditions that are native to your planned destination.
Workplace conditions may also contribute to an adults’ need for immunization. Those who work in hospitals or other location that allows for exposure to bio-hazardous materials such as blood, saliva and other bodily fluids are recommended to have various immunizations, ranging from hepatitis A and hepatitis B to the swine flu vaccine. Employees who work at workplaces that traffic numerous people day in and out, such as transit centers and airports are additionally recommended to receive all current vaccinations, especially influenza vaccines.
Whether you’ve had a bad experience with vaccinations or not, it’s important to keep up with your immunization schedule to receive the maximum protection available from many different and preventable diseases. For more information about what vaccines you should be taking and when, schedule an appointment with your local doctor in order to evaluate your immunization needs.