Shingles, Flu and You: Vaccines Are Not Just for Kids

November 1, 2019

The image most people have of vaccinations are of a child shying away from a doctor’s injection to prevent measles, mumps, or some other childhood ailment. But it is not just kids who are avoiding the needle. It is estimated that 30 percent of adults skipped their flu shots last year.

Tragically, it is estimated that 40,000 to 50,000 Americans die from the influenza virus and its complications each year. Countless numbers of them die needlessly and millions more get sick and suffer. They can significantly improve their odds of dodging the illness with a painless and inexpensive flu shot. Medicare, Medicaid, and most insurance companies will cover the cost.

If you are over 50, talk to your doctor about getting a shingles vaccination, too. Nearly one in three people who haven’t been vaccinated develop shingles and the symptoms can be nasty. The Mayo Clinic says that a rash and itching, fluid-filled and then eventually crusting blisters are hallmark shingles symptoms. All of this is accompanied by pain, which can be intense.

Getting vaccines for preventive medicine is not only good for your health, but is also a good life lesson to teach your kids.