Before the kids went back to school, you checked to make sure they were up-to-date
on their vaccines. . .but what about yours? There are now many vaccines to
prevent diseases in adults and children that not only weren't required when
we went to kindergarten, they weren't yet invented! The best thing to do is
to ask your doctor if you're up-to-date on the standard shots and if there are
other vaccines that would be in your best interests.
We think of vaccines as being given once for life, but those for pneumonia
and the flu must be given annually. It's time to get your annual protection
if you're at risk. Certain vaccines also need boosters every 10 years or so,
like the tetanus shot. Have you had chicken pox? If not, you may want to
consider the chicken pox vaccine. While this is generally a mild and self-limited
illness in children, it can be a serious infection in an adult, especially pregnant
women. Are you at risk for Hepatitis B? You may be surprised: childcare workers
and all health care workers have been added to the list of those who should
receive the 3-part vaccine. For more information, click here.
Created: 10/1/2001  - Donnica Moore, M.D.