2014 News Releases

Department of Behavioral & Community Health

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August 21, 2014        Print version


Adults Need Vaccines Too!
Vaccines are not "Just for Kids!"

Dutchess County Commissioner of Health Kari Reiber, MD reminds everyone the importance of being protected against preventable diseases by keeping their immunizations up to date.
 
“People often think vaccines are “Just for Kids,” but you never outgrow the need for immunizations,” said Reiber.  “Getting your flu shot every year, and making sure you get vaccinated against whooping cough, tetanus, shingles, and pneumococcal disease provides protection for you and those around you who may not be able to be vaccinated.”

Dr. Reiber noted when considering travel to places outside the United States, always check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Travel Immunization website for recommended vaccines, www.cdc.gov./travel for each of the countries you are traveling to. 

“Often the last thing people think about when traveling is getting shots, but this is something that really needs to be prioritized, especially if you are traveling overseas or to Central and South America, Asia, and Africa,” said Reiber.  “Some vaccines require more than one dose and need to be given ahead of travel to be effective.”  Since not all healthcare providers have vaccine on hand for travelers, Dr. Reiber advises making appointments at least three months before traveling.

Individuals should 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.  There is also a mobile phone application designed to help users learn more about vaccines, “CDC Vaccine Schedules” by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention features immunization schedules by age and health condition as well as helpful information about vaccines.

Dutchess County Department of Health offers travel and other immunizations for individuals who are uninsured or underinsured, and also provide referral services for individuals without a regular healthcare provider.  For more information, call (845) 486-3535 or Clinics@dutchessny.gov.
 


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CDC Vaccine Scheduler:  http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/hcp/schedule-app.html

 

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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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