Talk to your health care provider about getting immunized.
There are a series of vaccinations (shots) that are recommended for people of different age groups.
Some adults assume that the vaccines they received as children will protect them for the rest of their lives. Generally this is true, except that,
- Some adults were never vaccinated as children
- There are new vaccines that protect against infections that were not available when some adults were children. This includes the HPV vaccine and shingles vaccine.
- Immunity can begin to fade over time. This means booster shots are required to provide ongoing protection. This includes the pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine.
- Some vaccines need to administered regularly to build immunity to new variations of the same infection. This includes the flu vaccine that needs to be reformulated each year to protect against annual changes of the influenza virus.
- We become more susceptible to some common, but serious diseases as we age, including influenza and pneumococcus.
Reference: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention