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You Never Outgrow the Need for Vaccines

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Vaccines aren”t just for kids, adults need protection too! The Gwinnett, Newton, and Rockdale County Health Departments remind adults that we never outgrow the need for vaccines.

Data from the Centers for Disease control and Prevention (CDC) show adults remain largely unvaccinated against preventable infectious illnesses.# In fact, survey results from the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases suggest that doctor/patient communication challenges may be at least part of the problem.# The survey reported one in five adults believe vaccines are optional for healthy adults and 19 percent of those surveyed believe vaccination is generally not recommended for adults except for influenza or travel-related vaccines.

“By not getting vaccinated as recommended, adults are leaving themselves needlessly vulnerable to illness and potentially spreading vaccine-preventable diseases such as pertussis (whooping cough) to their friends, family and colleagues,”# stated Lloyd Hofer, M.D., M.P.H., District Health Director for Gwinnett, Newton, and Rockdale Counties.

Safe and effective vaccines are available to protect adults and children alike against potentially life-threatening diseases such as tetanus, diphtheria, meningococcal disease, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, shingles, measles, mumps, rubella and varicella (chickenpox).# Many adults are unaware of the potential risks of vaccine-preventable disease, the need for booster doses or the availability of new vaccines.# So this September, talk to your health care provider or visit your public health department and find out if you”re current on your immunization recommendations and get immunized today.

The Gwinnett, Newton, and Rockdale County Health Departments encourage all Georgians to protect their friends, family and themselves from vaccine-preventable diseases by getting vaccinated.# For more information on immunization, visit www.gnrhealth.com.