There are many complicated and expensive things that you can do to improve your health, but getting the right vaccinations is simple and affordable. Contrary to popular belief, vaccinations aren’t just for babies and toddlers. There are a number of vaccinations that all adults should receive to prevent unnecessary illness and maintain the best quality of life. If you haven’t seen a doctor recently to receive the following three vaccinations, call to schedule your appointment soon.
The Flu Shot
This is by far the most common vaccination for adults. Since the flu shot contains an inactivated form of the influenza virus, it introduces your body to the virus in a safe way that supports the development of the antibodies that protect against infection. Since the flu is most common in the winter months, the CDC recommends vaccination by the end of October to give the body time to develop those antibodies. Even if the flu shot does not prevent the flu entirely, it can minimize symptoms and make recovery easier.
The Shingles Vaccine
Shingles is a cousin of the chickenpox. It is actually a result of the chickenpox virus remaining inactive in the body for years or decades and then returning to cause shingles. This disease causes painful and severe rashes that lead to itching, tingling, flu symptoms, and possible lasting nerve damage. Anybody who ever had the chickenpox virus is at risk of shingles, so it is recommended that all adults receive this vaccination by age 60. Like the flu shot, even if the shingles vaccine does not entirely prevent the shingles, it will minimize symptoms and accelerate recovery
Tdap, which stands for tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis, is a combination of illnesses that the Tdap vaccine protects against. Tetanus is a rare condition that causes painful muscle stiffness, diphtheria leads to breathing problems, and pertussis is the formal name of whooping cough. Overall, the Tdap vaccine protects children from any of those illnesses, and it is critical that adults receive the vaccine if they did not as a child. Pregnant women also need to receive Tdap vaccine again to protect their newborn babies from pertussis. This is especially important since infants are vulnerable to the severe and deadly complications from the whooping cough.
With the protection offered by these three vaccines, you can continue to live a healthy and active life. Call (352) 666-6950 to make your vaccination appointment at one of the many IMC Family Doctors locations throughout Florida. IMC specializes in Humana Medicare Advantage coverage and care.