August 13. 2013 -- Thousands of adults in the U.S. suffer serious health problems or even die from vaccine-preventable diseases, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Thursday.
The CDC said that few adults realize that vaccines other than the flu vaccine are needed to protect their health. Diseases like whooping cough, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, shingles, certain bacterial infections and some cancers including cervical cancer and liver cancer can be prevented by diseases. The CDC recommends that adults talk to their doctors to determine which vaccines are recommended.
The protection conferred by childhood immunizations does not last a lifetime and as a result, adults can be vulnerable to diseases like whooping cough. The CDC recommends that all adults get one dose of the Tdap whooping cough vaccine to protect themselves and to protect loved ones from contracting the disease.
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