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Department of Behavioral & Community Health

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August 15, 2013        Print version


Adults Need Vaccines, Too!
Dutchess County Department of Health Celebrates National Immunization Awareness Month

As Dutchess County Department of Health continues its celebration of National Immunization Month, Acting Commissioner Kari Reiber, MD noted the importance of getting vaccinated against the diseases that could be prevented by keeping up with vaccinations.
 
“There is a misconception among many adults that vaccines are just for kids,” said Reiber. “The truth is you never outgrow the need for immunizations, including flu, whooping cough, tetanus, shingles, and pneumococcal disease.”

Dr. Reiber added the specific vaccines adults need are determined by factors such as age, lifestyle, risk conditions, locations of travel, and previous vaccines. All adults should talk to their healthcare providers about which vaccines are right for them, or they may contact the Dutchess County Department of Health Immunization Program at 845-486-3409.

Individuals can also visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Adult Immunization Quiz at www.cdc.gov/vaccines/AdultQuiz  to find out if their immunizations are up-to-date.  The quiz gives users the option of printing out a list of vaccines they need for when they visit their healthcare provider.

Dutchess County Department of Health offers screening and immunization clinics for the uninsured and underinsured as well as referral services for individuals without a regular healthcare provider.  For more information, call (845) 486-3409 or Clinics@dutchessny.gov.

For more information about vaccine preventable diseases and what you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones, visit bit.ly/NIAM2013.

 

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A. K. Vaidian, MD, MPH,Commissioner of Behavioral & Community Health A. K. Vaidian, MD, MPH
Commissioner of Behavioral & Community Health
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