Reduce Stress with These 6 Vaccines

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Being sick is stressful

Having a bad flu, horrible cough, or other major illness on top of your regular life is incredibly stressful. Even if you feel like crap, you can’t take a break from being a caregiver. And you’ll probably still have to go to work too. Ugh!

 

6 important vaccinations for adults

One proactive thing you can do is reduce your chances of getting sick in the first place. Did you know that there are 6 vaccines that all adults should get?

The Sharecare website has a good list of the most important adult vaccinations. Make sure you’re up to date on these and you’ll be doing yourself a big favor.

TDAP
What is this for?

  • Combined pertussis (whooping cough) and tetanus shot helps you avoid that terrible cough that doesn’t go away for months.

When to get it?

  • Pertussis booster is needed once as an adult.
  • Tetanus booster is needed once every 10 years or if you get a big cut and 5 years has already passed.

 

Shingles
What is this for?

  • Reduces risk and limits the severity of shingles, which is a bad rash with nerve pain (it’s like really painful chicken pox).
  • This one is especially important for caregivers! You’re more likely to get shingles if you get super stressed or your immunity decreases.

When to get it?

  • Given at age 60 to those who’ve had chicken pox.
  • If you’ve never had chicken pox, get tested to make sure you’re immune. Then, get the chicken pox vaccine and you’ll definitely be protected against shingles.

 

Flu
What is this for?

  • Reducing flu risk is easy and important!
  • Complications from flu kills 36,000 people in the U.S. each year – even young people.

When to get it?

  • Every year!
  • Find out where you can get a walk-in flu shot close to work or home, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

 

Pneumonia
What is this for?

  • To prevent a lung infection that can make you sick for 1 to 3 weeks – or worse!

Who gets it?

  • Recommended for everyone 65 or older
  • May be recommended for those under 65 with asthma, COPD, or compromised immune systems (cancer, kidney or liver disease, and others)

 

Hepatitis A & B, meningicoccus, Hib
What is this for?

  • Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver infection.
  • Hepatitis B is a serious liver infection that can be chronic.
  • Meningicoccus is an infection caused by a certain bacteria. Once infected, it usually results in death, but is easily prevented with this vaccine.
  • Hib is a serious disease caused by bacteria that affects young children – get vaccinated so you don’t pass the germs to them.

Who gets it?

  • If you work in the medical field or with people who might be ill, it’s a good idea to get these vaccines.

 

HPV
What is this for?

  • Helps prevent a variety of cancers related to HPV.

Who needs this?

  • It’s less important once you’re older than 26 (yes, that was a looong time ago).
  • But women older than 26 who test negative for this via pap smear might want to ask the doctor for this vaccine.

 

Next Step  Read the full article at Sharecare

 

By DailyCaring Editorial Staff
Image: Multiple Sclerosis Research

 

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