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HHS HealthBeat (April 18, 2013)

Adult protection

HHS HealthBeat: Doctor gives teen a vaccine.

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From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

Vaccinations aren’t just for kids. Adults need to get immunized, too, and a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says many adults miss a lot of protection against disease.

Researcher Dr. Walter Williams says lots of adults don’t realize they might need more vaccinations. Williams says the need goes beyond the annual flu shot. For instance:

“Only 1 in 8 adults have received a Tdap vaccine, which protects against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis – or whooping cough.  Only about 1 in 5 adults with high-risk health conditions have received the recommended pneumococcal vaccine.”

Pneumococcal vaccine can protect against a number of diseases, including pneumococcal pneumonia.

The analysis is in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

Last revised: April 25, 2013