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Aug 05
Adults Need Vaccinations Too

The need for vaccinations doesn’t end with childhood. Healthy adults can get very sick if they are not fully vaccinated and do not keep up on their vaccines. Immunity from childhood vaccines can wear off over time, in some cases. And you are also at risk for different diseases as an adult than you are as a child. 

Every year, tens of thousands of Americans become sick, suffer serious health issues, are hospitalized and even die from diseases that could be prevented by vaccines. You have the power to protect yourself and your loved ones. Making sure you are up to date with your vaccines will not only help protect you from serious and sometimes deadly diseases, but it will also help protect your friends, family and our entire Boston community from disease outbreaks.

The Flu Vaccine: Get it every year!

One vaccine that is important for adults to get every year is the influenza (flu) vaccine. The flu is a contagious illness that can be dangerous, especially for the very young, the very old and for those with other medical problems. Most people have illness lasting a few days; however, some may develop pneumonia or other serious complications.

Every year, flu causes tens of thousands of hospital admissions in the United States. During the 2018-2019 flu season, there were 3,852 cases of influenza in Boston, including 588 cases in which the person was hospitalized. There were 4 deaths in Boston that were associated with influenza.

"It is hard to think about in the heat of the summer, but winter is coming. There will be at least 162 million doses of the flu shot available in the United States, so there should be no reason why adults can't access it. Through a partnership with local pharmacies, BPHC offers ways to for people to access the flu shot free of charge. You can find out more about that option by calling the Mayor's Health Line at 617-534-5050," said Jen Lo, M.D., Medical Director of the Boston Public Health Commission.

For everything you need to know about the flu, visit the Boston Public Health Commission's website. Fact sheets on flu vaccines are available on our website in several languages, including English, Cape Verdean Creole, Chinese, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

The flu shot is an important annual vaccine that eligible adults should receive. However, you may need other vaccines based on your age, health conditions, lifestyle, or job. Talk to your health care provider about what vaccines are right for you.

Fact sheets on vaccines are available on our website in several languages, including English, Chinese, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

This blog post is the first in a series published by the Boston Public Health Commission as part of its recognition of National Immunization Awareness Month.  


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