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Immunizations are not just something you need to get as a child anymore. Instead, they are an essential part of preventative care and overall well being.
Immunizations help you live a longer and healthier life. According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC):
Immunizations prevent more than 21 million hospitalizations and 730,000 deaths.
Vaccines that you need as an adult are determined based on age, lifestyle, health conditions, job, international travel, and any previous vaccine you have received. Your primary care physician is well suited to help determine which vaccines are recommended. The CDC website is a great resource to find out which vaccines you need.
Before coming to your next appointment take the CDC’s Adolescent & Adult Vaccine Quiz to create a customized print out of suggested vaccinations to bring with you and discuss with your primary care physician.
Immunizations are one of the safest and most effective ways to protect your health.
Vaccine side effects are usually mild and go away on their own. Severe side effects are very rare as are the contraindications (reasons to advise against) to receiving vaccines.
Sources: CDC and American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)
Dr. Trapani is primary care physician with WakeMed Physician Practices – Primary Care – North Raleigh. His clinical interests include: preventative medicine, chronic disease management, joint injections, and minor dermatologic procedures. Learn more about Dr. Trapani, and schedule an appointment today.
3000 New Bern Ave.
Raleigh, NC 27610