Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Adult Immunization Awareness Week

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By Terry Orr
In the Navy, getting your immunizations happen all too often for most of us – and stress the importance getting them when needed.  We fortunate to have a primary care doctor who makes sure that we keep current on all our shots and recommendations for once that may not be required, but make good sense to have them.  As adults, we owe it to ourselves, our family or love ones to be proactive and get those vaccines.
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According to Adult Immunization.org, more than 50,000 US adults die each year from vaccine-preventable diseases and their complications, more than breast cancer, HIV/AIDS, or motor vehicle traffic accidents, yet overall vaccination rates remain low. Adult vaccinations can protect against illness, absenteeism from work, hospitalization, or even death; however, adult vaccination rates, on average, are far lower than the Healthy People 2020 goals for immunization and infectious diseases.
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These suboptimal rates are not only taking a toll on the country's health; they are also impacting the bottom line: the estimated direct costs of treating just two vaccine-preventable illnesses — influenza and pneumonia — in adults in the US alone are over $35 billion per year.
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10 Reasons To Be Vaccinated:
Vaccine-preventable diseases haven’t gone away;
Vaccines will help keep you healthy;
Vaccines are as important to your overall health as diet and exercise;
Vaccination can mean the difference between life and death;
Vaccines are safe;
Vaccines won’t give you the disease they are designed to prevent;
Young and healthy people can get very sick, too;
Vaccine-preventable diseases are expensive;
When you get sick, your children, grandchildren and parents are at risk, too; and
Your family and coworkers need you.

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