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Wed May 15, 2019, 10:59 AM

It's Not Just Measles. What You Should Know About Vaccines For Adults:

I really hate shots, never even gotten a flu shot before.

But I will follow the advice in this NPR piece...

Sigh.

We're used to kids needing lots of shots to ward off lots of illnesses, but what about adults? The CDC recommends (link) that adults get multiple vaccines for conditions ranging from tetanus to influenza to cervical cancer. The shots can be a bit trickier to keep track of, as many adults go to the doctor less frequently than kids do, but those vaccinations are equally important for staying healthy.

"Many adults are not aware of what vaccines they actually need," says Dr. Pamela Rockwell, an associate professor of family medicine at the University of Michigan who works with the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. "That is also balanced by physician unawareness of what vaccines they should be recommending. It's gotten very complicated, and it is difficult to keep up with all the changes."


https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2019/05/15/723282022/its-not-just-measles-what-you-should-know-about-vaccines-for-adults

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Pluvious May 2019 OP
csziggy May 2019 #1
Delmette2.0 May 2019 #2
yellowdogintexas May 2019 #4
Aristus May 2019 #3
A DAY IN THE LIFE May 2019 #5
Skittles May 2019 #10
in2herbs May 2019 #6
Kali May 2019 #8
padfun May 2019 #7
Lady Freedom Returns May 2019 #9

Response to Pluvious (Original post)

Wed May 15, 2019, 11:18 AM

1. The CDC has tables of recommended vaccinations and immunizations by age

https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd/vaccines-age.html

I started checking their site last year since it also covers recommended vaccinations for those traveling outside the US - https://www.cdc.gov/features/vaccines-travel/index.html

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Response to Pluvious (Original post)

Wed May 15, 2019, 11:32 AM

2. So true.

Many of us don't have our vaccination records because it wasn't required. I just got a Whooping Cough vaccine because the disease is flaring up. Missoula has just over 100 cases and is just 120 miles away. For Montana they are my neighbors. In fact my County has reported new cases of Whooping Cough. I haven't heard the latest count, but I can't take chances.

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Response to Delmette2.0 (Reply #2)

Wed May 15, 2019, 11:39 AM

4. It is recommended that if there is a newborn or other unvaccinated child in your life you should

get a booster for Whooping Cough.. If your doctor has you on a 10yr booster schedule for tetanus, you will also receive Whooping cough, since they are piggybacked.

Our daughter demanded we get boosters before her baby is born, so we did. She's having a bit of resistance from her mother in law and father in law.

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Response to Pluvious (Original post)

Wed May 15, 2019, 11:35 AM

3. I got a fuck-ton of vaccines when I joined the Army.

Another large panel of them when I went overseas, and then a few boosters when I was ordered to the Gulf in 1991.

I never questioned the need for them, and no one protested them other than by rubbing their arms afterwards and saying "Man, that HURT!"

I wish vaccine protests had never become a thing, and certainly that the anti-vaxxers had never drafted 'personal choice' into their putrid arguments. One should not have the right to choose to expose other people to deadly diseases.

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Response to Aristus (Reply #3)

Wed May 15, 2019, 11:53 AM

5. Annual flu shots

 

We got lined up, marched to the clinic every year to get shots. Usually multiple shots. There would be a tech on each side with the shot gun. A guy would rub down your shoulder with a gigantic was of cotton soaked with alcohol (The cotton was almost always grey from cleaning all of the shoulders in front of you), then the two guns at the same time against each shoulder. Move and you get sliced by the needle. Only medical exemptions, no religious exemptions.

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Response to A DAY IN THE LIFE (Reply #5)

Fri May 17, 2019, 02:41 AM

10. as I remember, it was always the men more freaked out by those shots

us ladies handled them just fine.

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Response to Pluvious (Original post)

Wed May 15, 2019, 07:06 PM

6. I am pro-vaccine but not pro over-vaccinating. IMO a tetanus shot is not necessary until an injury

with a high risk of infection occurs. Such a shot can be given at any time, unlike a rabies shot which doesn't do you any good if you've already been bitten by a rabid animal.

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Response to in2herbs (Reply #6)

Thu May 16, 2019, 04:37 PM

8. there are two tetanus shots

toxoid is the vaccine against illness, and antitoxin to protect immediately when wounded. if you ever saw a victim of tetanus you would change your opinion.

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Response to Pluvious (Original post)

Wed May 15, 2019, 10:33 PM

7. mucho vaccinations

I was in the Navy back near the end of the Vietnam War. In boot camp, we had to get multiple vaccinations near daily for a while. We had to be well immunized if you were going to the 7th fleet, the Pacific fleet.

I am glad for that. Many of those would have needed boosters I am sure, but it's not something I think about any more. Not until recently that is.

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Response to Pluvious (Original post)

Thu May 16, 2019, 06:52 PM

9. K & R, N/T

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