Sinclair Cares | Adult Immunizations
Most people know how important immunizations can be for kids - but many adults may not realize they need shots, too.
Delaine Mathieu talked with a doctor who breaks down the shots that'll help keep you safe and healthy.
Whether you're young or older, shots are never fun, but doctors say they're vital at every age.
65-year-old Cindy Moreno met with her doctor to make sure she's up-to-date on her immunizations. Doctor Fred Campbell with UT Health San Antonio says 65 is the golden age for updating your shots, especially for those with poor immune systems.
"As adults age, it's more likely that they will suffer some of the life-threatening infections such as influenza and phenomena," said Dr. Campbell, "Influenza vaccine will save tens of thousands of Americans not to mention world-wide."
The influenza vaccine is at the top of the list, and although Dr. Campbell says it's not always 100% effective, it is pretty close.
The pneumonia vaccine is also important.
Dr. Campbell said, "It can reduce the incidents of pneumonia in general and specifically pneumococcal pneumonia."
He says the tetanus vaccine is one you get when you're younger but it doesn't last longer than 10 years. You should get it again when you're older as well.
The shingles vaccine is another one, too.
"Luckily, I have a very good physician that keeps me on my toes!" Moreno said.
Cindy Moreno is up-to-date and dodged the needle today. However, as a nurse herself who works with sick people every day, she says you have to stay on top of your health - for your sake and for other people's, too.
Moreno said, "Call your physician, talk to the nurse, and ask the nurse to look at your records and see what you need."
If you have a loved one living in a senior care facility, make sure they're staying on top of those shots.
Doctors say many diseases can be easily spread in a group setting.