First District Health wants to remind all adults to check in with their medical providers to see if they are up to date with vaccinations.
(Lacey McNichols, RN/Immunization Coordinator, First District Health Unit) “Vaccines are something a person is never going to outgrow.”
That’s why First District Health Unit wants to remind adults about the importance of immunizations.
McNichols said it’s a common misconception that vaccines are just for kids, but that’s not the case.
(McNichols) When a person doesn’t get vaccinated they’re basically leaving themselves open and exposed to different, certain bacteria and viruses.”
For example, a tetanus shot is due every 10 years.
(McNichols) “Especially in the summer when we’re out working with the soil and the rusty equipment. If you’re not up to date on your tetanus shot you’re taking the chance. I can’t guarantee that you’re going to be exposed to tetanus or not, so the only protection is a vaccine.”
The same goes for pertussis, or the TDAP vaccination, to prevent whopping cough.
(McNichols) “It’s kind of what we’d call herd immunity. We want everybody vaccinated just to keep the bacteria and the viruses out of the community.”
People 65 or older are also urged to get a pneumoccocal vaccine.
(McNichols) “It’s estimated 18,000 Americans die from pneumoccocal disease a year. Every vaccine is important for its own reason, so that’s why it’s just best to know if you’re up to date on all of them.”