11-Feb-15 10:00 AM  CST

CDC Finds Adults Need Better Vaccination Coverage

With the recent measles crisis and a call for better vaccination coverage the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced that not all the issues with vaccination coverage are linked to children. Vaccination rates among adults are low. The CDC is encouraging adults to seek better coverage against potentially life threatening diseases through updating of vaccinations. Many times adults see vaccination as just a normal part of childhood, which is true, but vaccinations aren’t just a way of protecting our children.

Vaccinations are disease specific, which means as our lives change so do our health habits and needs. For example, the CDC recommends that anyone over the age of 60 receive 1 dose of the shingles vaccination, Zostavax. Shingles are small blistering and painful skin eruptions that come from the varicella-zoster virus, a virus related to chickenpox, and more common in older adults. Likewise the CDC recommends that anyone over the age of 65 receive at least one dose of the pneumococcal vaccine. Older adults, particularly those who may be compromised by other chronic disease states, are more susceptible to pneumococcal disease. Pneumococcal is a disease that may cause pneumonia, meningitis, and bloodstream infections, such as sepsis. According to the National Foundation for Infectious Disease, pneumococcal infections kill more than 18,000 adults over the age of 65 each year.

The CDC has always encouraged continued vaccination into adulthood, most recently for viruses related to Hepatitis A&B, Human Papillomavirus, and certain strains of Meningitis. It is important to point out that vaccination protects not only the person being vaccinated, but those around them as well. The recent measles outbreak has gotten many people taking about vaccination. The CDC feels this conversation needs to include adults as well as children.




The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, (2015), “Vaccination coverage among adults, excluding influenza”, http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6404a6.htm?s_cid=mm6404a6_w, retrieved, 8. February 2015

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, (2015), “Vaccination Schedules” http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/downloads/adult/adult-schedule-easy-read.pdf, retrieved, 8.February 2015

The National Foundation for Infectious Disease, (2015), “Pneumococcal Disease”, retrieved, 8. February 2015

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Source: Sandy Andrews  

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