ADULTS AND VACCINES
ANCHOR LEAD: ADULTS NEED TO REMEMBER TO UPDATE THEIR OWN IMMUNIZATIONS, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released the updated guidelines for immunization in adults. Redonda Miller, an internal medicine expert at Johns Hopkins, says adults can’t afford to ignore these guidelines.
MILLER: Viral infections are important in adults. Most adults, particularly young adults in their twenties feel rather invincible but we’re really seeing over time immunity from childhood immunizations wane. And we need to keep on top of childhood immunizations such as tetanus and pertussis, those need to be repeated at intervals. Plus we’re susceptible to newer infections, so we need to be thinking about shingles vaccinations and pneumococcal vaccinations. All very important. :30
Many viral infections are considerably more severe in adults than in children, with more adults dying of influenza, to cite a recent example, than those in the 0-18 age range, so staying current is critical. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.