Staying Healthy This Holiday Season: The Importance of Vaccines

The weather is changing and with it comes illness, colds, and the dreaded flu. Don’t let a bug ruin your holiday plans. The importance of vaccines during this time of year is an important part of keeping you healthy. Make sure you get vaccinated to help boost your immune system and keep you healthy through the holiday season. [bctt tweet=”If you are worried about getting sick this winter and it ruining your holiday, make sure you have been protected by these recommended vaccines.” via=”no”]

Why Is Vaccination Important?

Vaccines have helped humans stay healthy by nearly wiping out many terrible diseases, such as polio, smallpox, and whooping cough. Unfortunately, some people have not been properly vaccinated and according to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), more than 40,000 people a year die from a disease that could have been prevented if they were protected by vaccines.

Recommended Vaccines to Keep You Healthy This Winter

Vaccines aren’t just for kids. Adults need to stay current on their vaccines, as well. Here are six vaccines the CDC recommends to help keep you safe and healthy this winter:

  • Flu Vaccine: Protects against the flu and should be given to anyone 6 months or older each year.
  • Shingles Vaccine: This vaccine is for adults 65 and older. It is only needed one time to help protect you from the painful shingles virus.
  • Tetanus Vaccine: Tetanus shots need to be administered every ten years, so if you haven’t had one in some time, you should consider getting one to help prevent the debilitating tetanus disease.
  • Pneumococcal Vaccine: This vaccine protects against blood, brain, and lung infections. There are two different pneumococcal vaccines depending on your age, so speak with your doctor prior to receiving this shot.
  • Pertussis Vaccine: This particular vaccination is typically given to children, 2 months or older, but boosters are given through adolescence and then again after age 65. This particular vaccine keeps you safe from whooping cough. Fits of whooping cough can lead to broken ribs.
  • Hepatitis B Vaccine: Not everyone needs to get this vaccine, but if you have diabetes or have been told you are at a risk for Hepatitis B, you need to be sure to get this vaccine.

The Importance of Vaccines

ProTip: Vaccines are important for people of all ages and educating yourself about vaccines and getting vaccinated not only protects your health, but also the health of your community.

The importance of vaccines cannot be overstated. While most people think vaccines are only for children, people of all ages actually need vaccines. Whether you need a certain vaccine as an adult depends on everything from your age and lifestyle to high-risk medical conditions, travel plans, and which vaccines you’ve had (or not had) in the past.

Contact us to learn why staying vaccinated is so important in keeping you healthy this holiday season.

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