Poughkeepsie ... Every year, tens of thousands of adults across the country suffer serious health problems, are hospitalized or even die from diseases that could have been prevented by vaccination. To highlight the importance of immunizations throughout one’s lifetime, Dutchess County is recognizing August as National Immunization Awareness Month.
“The particular vaccines adults need are determined by age, lifestyle, risk conditions, locations of travel, and previous vaccines,” said A. K Vaidian, MD, MPH, Commissioner of the Department of Behavioral & Community Health. “All adults should routinely meet with their healthcare providers to make sure their vaccines are up to date.”
Vaccine-preventable diseases are a real threat for adults. Older adults and those with chronic health conditions, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart disease and diabetes are at a higher risk of suffering complications from certain vaccine-preventable diseases, like flu and pneumonia.
“There is a misconception among many that vaccines are just for children but the reality is you never outgrow the need for immunizations,” added Dr. Vaidian. “This is the perfect opportunity to make sure you are protected against diseases like flu, whooping cough, tetanus, shingles and pneumococcal disease.”
Vaccines are available at many places in the community, such as pharmacies and healthcare providers. Dutchess County offers immunizations for children and adults without health insurance at its health clinic located at 29 North Hamilton Street – Suite 109 in Poughkeepsie. Appointments may be made by calling (845) 486-3535.
View immunization schedules and learn more about immunizations at DutchessNY.gov/Immunizations.