Health risks for adults who aren't vaccinated

12:37 PM, Mar 27, 2012   |    comments
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GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. -- Are you up to date on all your vaccinations?

The majority of vaccine awareness campaigns traditionally focus on children but the fact is that most Americans who die from vaccine-preventable diseases are over the age of 18.

Dr. Deborah Wexler of the Immunization Action Coalition joined KARE 11 News @4 to talk about the health risks to adults who aren't fully vaccinated.

Here are some of the concerns of health experts:

  • Approximately 50,000 adults die each year from vaccine-preventable diseases.
  • 99 percent of vaccine preventable deaths in the United States occur in adults. 
  • Approximately 70 million adults who should receive a vaccination for pneumonia are not yet vaccinated.

Immunization helps prevent serious infections:
• Influenza
• Meningitis
• Human papilloma virus
• Hepatitis B
• Pneumonia

The Minnesota Visiting Nurse AgencyMinnesota Pharmacists Association and the Minnesota Medical Association are just some of the advocacy groups involved in this 2012 awareness campaign.

Here are some links for information on adult vaccines: 

CDC: Adults need immunizations, too 

Recommended adult immunization schedule

Adult immunization quiz to find out which vaccines you need

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