A general misconception prevails that vaccination is only required in our formative years. Yet, thousands of adults fall ill annually and are hospitalised due to ailments that vaccines can prevent. Besides, the effect of some childhood vaccines wears off over the years, making adult re-immunisation safe and efficacious.
Indeed, some diseases need immunisation even in adulthood. For example, the:
- Hepatitis B vaccine lowers liver cancer risk.
- HPV vaccine lowers the risk of cervical cancer.
- Flu vaccine lowers the risk of flu-related heart attacks or other complications from existing health conditions such as diabetes and chronic lung disease.
Additionally, all vaccines:
- Are tested and monitored for years before being cleared for public use.
- Have mild side effects (soreness, swelling, redness, etc.) that vanish within hours or days. Major side effects are extremely rare.
- Remain one of the safest ways to preventive healthcare.
Given the threat from HPV (causing certain cancers), hepatitis, meningococcal disease, measles, mumps, rubella and chickenpox, among others, vaccines are the safest means to reduce disease and death rates.