Forget the Kids: 4 Vaccines for YOU

Jeanne Sager
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vaccineVaccines are bound to get parents talking, but when was the last time that conversation was about you?

Yes, this is one of those messages: The studies are piling up with evidence that women take care of their kids far better than they do themselves, and that applies to vaccinations too.

With scientists talking about making specialized vaccines that fit your own genetic profile, science is sending us a giant memo: Get to the doctor and take care of yourself.

The Trust for America's Health estimates only 2 percent of adults have had the recommended tetanus/diphtheria/whooping cough vaccine and only 10 percent of eligible adult women have had the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. 

So what shots do you need?

1. HPV: If you're under 27 and female, you're still eligible to get the shot that prevents the four forms of this STD that can cause cervical cancer.

2. Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis: Sure you got it as a kid, but with a growing number of pertussis (or whooping cough) outbreaks, the CDC now recommends anyone over 19 get one Tdap shot then follow with a booster for tetanus and diphtheria (Td) every 10 years. The tetanus shot in particular will protect you from dangerous infections from stepping on a rusty nail or a cut while working in the garden.

3. Varicella: For adults who never caught the chicken pox as children but are young enough to have gotten the vaccine as a kid, the CDC is now recommending a follow-up inoculation as an adult to help keep you safe.

4. Measles, mumps, and rubella: If you only got a killed virus as a vaccine when you were a kid or were last vaccinated against measles in the mid-1960s, the CDC says you need to get the shot to protect you.

Are you up to date on your shots?

 

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