Be Wise Immunize
Vaccinations protect not only you, but your loved ones as well!
Vaccines can prevent flu, shingles, diphtheria/tetanus, whooping cough and pneumococcal diseases such as pneumonia, rather than attempting to cure the disease after the fact. Vaccine-preventable diseases account for approximately 50,000 adult deaths in the U.S. annually. Do not let yourself be part of this statistic!
Do you know what vaccines you need???
Influenza (Flu) Vaccine
- A yearly flu vaccine is recommended for everyone six months of age and older.
- Pneumococcal disease is the most common bacterial cause of pneumonia.
- All adults 65 years of age and older should be vaccinated.
- Anyone age 2-64 with a chronic illness such as lung disease, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, alcoholism, or cirrhosis should be vaccinated.
- Anyone age 2-64 who has a weakened immune system or who is taking a drug that lowers the body’s resistance to infection should be vaccinated.
- Any adult 19-64 years of age who has asthma or smokes should be vaccinated.
- Shingles, or herpes zoster, is caused by the reactivation the same virus that causes chickenpox. Shingles causes a rash and severe pain that may last for many years.
- The shingles vaccine is recommended for adults 60 years of age and older.
- The shingles vaccine is a live vaccine so it is not recommended if you have a weakened immune system or if you are allergic to gelatin or neomycin.
Talk to your health care provider to make sure you are fully protected.