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Vaccines Arenít Just for Kids

May 15, 2013
by Dr. Sowmya Srinivasan
ABC News

Many of us incorrectly assume that the vaccines we received as children will protect us for a lifetime. But immunity can fade with time.

Keeping your vaccines up to date can help protect you and  your kids, and especially older adults and those with weakened immune systems, who are more susceptible to preventable illnesses.

Between 40,000 and 50,000 adults die each year from vaccine-preventable illnesses, according to a 2010 report from the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Trust for America’s Health. The  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that adult vaccine-preventable diseases cost about $10 billion annually in direct medical costs.

 

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