Why should adults get vaccinated? The recent news reports of measles cases at Disneyland highlight why vaccination is such an important aspect of public health. Vaccines have reduced or eradicated infectious diseases such as smallpox, polio, and diphtheria that killed or badly disabled our population only a couple of generations ago.
Which vaccines do you need as an adult? Your age and lifestyle are two important factors that determine which vaccines are appropriate for you. Although adults are still protected by many childhood immunizations, immunity can fade and newer, more effective vaccines may now be available. International travelers may need to take special precautions depending on their destination. Ask your healthcare professional to review your vaccination history and recommend the vaccines that are right for you.