Lesser known vaccines: there may be more to guard against than flu

Getting a flu jab is an excellent first step when it comes to getting vaccinated, but there are other precautionary measures you can take to protect yourself from other potential threats.

Anova Health Institute advocates getting an annual flu injection, especially if you are HIV-positive, diabetic, currently have or have had tuberculosis (or another lung disease) at any stage of your life,  or have a weak immune system (pregnant women, the elderly). There is a lot of evidence to support that being vaccinated can do much to prevent more frequent or serious a spate of flu infections.  But what else should be on our list of things that can be vaccinated against?

  • All adults who have not previously received a Tdap vaccine should get a Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough) vaccination. You can get one of these vaccines every ten years. So, even if you did have one as a child it may be a good idea
  • HPV (human papillomavirus), which can cause warts in both men and women, and can also cause certain cancers, particularly cervical cancer in women and penile cancer in men
  • Hepatitis B, especially if you have unprotected sex with more than one partner in a 6-month period (Diabetics are particularly at risk)
  • Shingles and Pneumococcal vaccines are recommended for persons over 60, and some other people who may be at risk
  • Chickenpox, if you have never had it as a child
  • Measles, mumps and rubella. It’s a 3 in 1 vaccine for if you’ve not had all 3 as a child
  • Hepatitis A vaccines and meningococcal bacteria vaccine is recommended for students and frequent international travelers

Ask your healthcare provider if you qualify for any of these vaccines.

If you would like to do a quick Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) test to see which vaccines are recommended for you, click on this link.

**World Immunisation Week, celebrated April 24 - 30, aims to promote the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages against disease. Immunisation saves millions of lives and is widely recognised as one of the world’s most successful and cost-effective health interventions. Today, there are still 19.4 million unvaccinated and under-vaccinated children in the world**




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