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Adults are urged to stay current with vaccinations

Fewer than thirty percent of adults in America, receive their recommended vaccinations each year. The state is reminding people vaccinations aren’t just for children.

Health officials say adults living with heart disease, diabetes, HIV and chronic kidney disease are more at risk for complications from vaccine-preventable illnesses.

They say, staying current on vaccinations not only protects the recipient but helps prevent the spread of diseases within the community.

Jennifer Eisner is the spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Human Services. She says, when mom and dad are vaccinated, it can protect the family.

“Often times adults may think that vaccines are for younger children and may forget about protecting themselves. What’s important to remember is that by staying up-to-date on your vaccines you’re actually helping to protect children you’re around as well.”

Eisner says, the CDC has a recommended vaccination schedule for certain age and high risk groups.

Here’s a link to the CDC vaccination schedule http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/hcp/imz/adult.html

CDC says adults need vaccines too

It’s nearly time for school to start again and parents may be thinking of what vaccines the kids need, but health officials say adults need vaccines too.

The Center for Disease Control is offering an online quiz adults can take to find out what vaccines are recommended for them.

Angela Minicuci is a spokesperson for the Michigan Department of Community Health.

“For a number of vaccines the vaccine effectiveness essentially wanes after a number of years and it does vary by vaccine,” Minicuci said, “And as our body ages as we grow older we want to make sure that we have the most up-to-date protection in our body to protect ourselves.”

She said in addition to helping adults stay healthy, vaccines help curb the spread of illness to others.

“As adults we need to make sure that we are protecting ourselves so that number one we don’t get sick,” Minicuci said, “But number two as we are caring for children as we come into contact with children who are much more vulnerable to these diseases that we’re protecting them as well.”

Minicuci said the vaccines adults need depend on things like age, gender and health conditions. Those are things the CDC quiz asks about.

She said one great tool for adults is the Michigan Care Improvement Registry, which is an online resource for patients where they can see what vaccines they have had.

She said not all doctors use MCIR. To access vaccine records through MCIR, patients need to mail or fax a request form to the MDCH.

What vaccines do you need? Adolescent and adult vaccine quiz http://www2.cdc.gov/nip/adultimmsched/?s_cid=bb-adults-adultquiz-025

Michigan Care Improvement Registry Request an official immunization record www.mcir.org/publicrequestimmuniz.html