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Half Of U.S. Adults Not Getting Proper Vaccinations, Are You?

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Nearly half of U.S. adults are not getting the proper vaccinations they need, according to nationwide data.  Are you one of them?

Government research shows a rise in whooping cough cases across the country due to fewer adults receiving their pertussis shots.  And nearly one million older adults a year get shingles, yet fewer than 10% actually get the recommended vaccine.

The low vaccination rate for grown-ups is a serious problem. Studies show more than 40,000 adults die each year from vaccine-preventable illnesses.

The Centers for Disease Control recommends the following immunizations for adults (over age 18):

Influenza — all adults, every year
Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (TdTdap) — booster vaccine every 10 years
Zoster (Shingles) — age 60 and over, 1 dose
Pneumonia — over 65, 1 dose

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