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Adults, take note: Get vaccinated!

getting vaccinatedGetting those protective shots isn’t just for kids. But many adults aren’t getting the recommended immunizations, putting them at risk for life-threatening illnesses such as pneumonia and hepatitis, says to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Rates for vaccines such as tetanus, hepatitis A and hepatitis B remained low or stagnant, according to data from the 2012 National Health Interview Survey. The exceptions: Vaccination rates for Tdap (protecting against diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus), shingles and human papillomavirus (HPV) did see an uptick. Also troubling, as reported in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, is that African-Americans and Hispanics were less likely than Caucasians to be vaccinated. The CDC recommends health care providers review patients’ vaccination histories and offer vaccines at visits; if you’re not sure if you’re up to date, speak with your provider and check out the CDC’s vaccination chart here.