It is common knowledge that babies need to be vaccinated to protect them from certain diseases. Most people, however, do not know that middle-aged and seniors also need vaccines. Some diseases that plague adults do not have cures, and vaccines provide an easy way to avoid getting infected. Here are some frequently asked questions about vaccines for adults:

  1. Why do adults need vaccinations?

  2. Vaccinations teach the immune system how to fight certain diseases. Without them, adults are subject to extended illness, disability, and sometimes, death. Rather than suffer pain or spend a lot of money on treatments, vaccines offer a cheap/painless solution.

  3. Which vaccinations do adults need the most?

  4. Vaccines protect against conditions like shingles, influenza, pneumococcal diseases, HPV, hepatitis A & B, and many others. There are different vaccines for different diseases, and most people only need 1 or 2 vaccines to stay healthy.

  5. Do adult vaccines have side effects?

  6. Vaccines are some of the safest medications out there. Some people complain of negligible side effects like a low-grade fever. However, this is nothing compared to the serious diseases that the vaccines protect against.

  7. How frequently do adults need to be vaccinated?

Frequency varies with the vaccine. For example, the vaccines for pneumococcal diseases and MMR only need to be administered once while influenza shots are needed yearly.

Some conditions affect millions of adults yet have no vaccines e.g. C. Diff. Currently, clinical trials are in progress to test new medication that protects people 60 years and older against C. Diff.

To take part in this study, visit DM Clinical or call 281-517-0550 for inquiries.