A shot of good health

disinfecting armEvery fall, we hear about the importance of getting a flu shot. But what about other vaccines adults need? Are you vaccinated against hepatitis A or B? Or how about human papillomavirus (HPV) or tetanus? Chances are you may not be, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While there’s been a slight rise in vaccination coverage for HPV and tetanus, the CDC says, many other vaccine rates remain at low levels.

Current estimates put vaccination for hepatitis A at 12.5 percent of adults ages 19 to 49 and hepatitis B at 35.9 percent for the same age group. While higher than previous estimates, these percentages are far from the target of 90 percent vaccination by 2020.

Keeping up with vaccinations are important preventive measures that help keep you healthy. Make an appointment to talk with your doctor about the vaccines you may need.