ADULTS NEED VACCINES, TOO! NATIONAL IMMUNIZATION AWARENESS MONTHBy Leslie Terjesen on Thursday, August 4, 2016
“”Every year, tens of thousands of adults in the United States suffer serious health problems, are hospitalized, or even die from diseases that could have been prevented by vaccination. There is much focus on adult vaccinations; lately, television commercials show adults with shingles and the importance of the shingles vaccination and also ads for pneumococcal vaccination to prevent pneumonia,” said Ocean County Freeholder Deputy Director Gerry P. Little, Liaison to the Ocean County Board of Health.
Daniel Regenye, Ocean County Health Department (OCHD) Public Health Coordinator, said, “As we celebrate the importance of immunizations through life – and to help remind adults that they need vaccines, too; the Ocean County Health Department is recognizing August as National Immunization Month. This is the perfect opportunity to make sure adults are protected against diseases like flu, whooping cough, tetanus, shingles and pneumococcal disease.”
The specific vaccines adults need are determined by factors such as age, lifestyle, risk conditions, locations of travel, and previous vaccines. All adults should talk to their health care professionals to make sure they are up-to-date on vaccines recommended for them.
Regenye continued, “There is a misconception among many adults that vaccines are just for children. The truth is, you never outgrow the need for immunizations.”
The Ocean County Health Department offers Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) and shingles vaccinations every first and third Thursday of the month from 1PM until 4PM. For the Tdap vaccination, you must be over the age of 19 years and for the shingles vaccination, over 60 years of age. Although you do not need an appointment for the Tdap vaccination, it is necessary to make an appointment for the shingles vaccination by calling 732-341-9700, ext. 7604. Also, beginning in the fall, the OCHD will begin its annual Flu Campaign.
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