Vantage Physicians Explain Adult Vaccinations

With the news of measles, mumps, and influenza outbreaks we have had several phone calls about vaccinations for adults. The need for immunizations doesn’t end when you become an adult. Immunity from previous vaccinations can wear off, placing you at risk for evolving diseases. Vaccines are as important to your overall health as diet and physical activity. Adult vaccination rates remain low and this lack of protection results in more deaths each year than traffic accidents, breast cancer, and HIV/AIDS. A vaccine-preventable disease that might make you sick for a week or two could prove deadly for your children, grandchildren, or parents if it spreads to them. When you get vaccinated, you are protecting yourself and your family. For example, adults are the most common source of pertussis (whooping cough) infection in infants, which can be fatal in infants. Read more at