HEALTHY LIVING I’m an adult. Do I still need vaccinations? – Port Arthur News – The Port Arthur News

Vaccinations and the need for them are in the news daily.

The short answer is, yes indeed. Oh, I know, as a child you couldnt wait till you got old enough not to need doctor visits for vaccinations. No lollipop ever made up for those shots.

Well, I have some news for you. To protect your health and the health of those around you, you are going to need to get some vaccinations till the end of your life. Actually, more than you may think.

All adults need:

Flu season is still active into the spring. No, the shot WILL NOT give you the flu.

In addition, women should get the Tdap vaccine each time they are pregnant, preferably at 27 through 36 weeks. Really good to get a booster if you have new babies on the way in your close family.

As we get older, our immune systems tend to weaken over time, putting us at higher risk for certain diseases. This is why you should also get:

Pneumococcal vaccines, which protect against pneumococcal disease, including infections in the lungs and bloodstream (recommended for all adults over 65 years old, and for adults younger than 65 years who have certain chronic health conditions)

Zoster vaccine, which protects against shingles (recommended for adults 60 years or older or if you have had shingles)

Health care workers:

Wait! Who should NOT be vaccinated?

Some adults with specific health conditions should not get certain vaccines or should wait to get them. As always, the very best advice is to talk with your doctor to make sure you get the vaccines that are right for you.

Medicare Part B pays for flu and pneumonia vaccinations. Take the necessary precautions, stay up to date on your vaccines (if you are able to take them), and live healthy, my friends.

Jody Holton writes about health for Port Arthur Newsmedia. She can be reached at

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