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Vaccines are the best way to protect yourself, your loved ones and even your community against many dangerous diseases. Vaccines are not just for children. In fact, according to data from the National Center for Health Statistics, vaccine-preventable diseases (such as flu and pneumonia) now kill more adults than children in the U.S. No one wants to get sick and miss weeks of work, school or spending time with family and friends. By getting vaccinated, you can stay healthier and prevent spreading disease to everyone around you. If your healthcare provider doesn’t bring up the topic of vaccines, be sure to ask. Here are some of the more Frequently Asked Questions about vaccines.

The CDC recommends that all adults receive:

You may need other vaccines as an adult based on factors the factors listed below.


VACCINE-PREVENTABLE DISEASES

Personal Stories

Eliza Anne Northrop Beale - A Flu Story

In December, 2009 my sister Liza died of influenza. She was previously healthy and only 49 years old. She sought medical care early. She was cared for at a good hospital in a major city. She had no other infections. And she was unvaccinated. Read the story of Eliza (Liza) Anne Northrop Beale as written by her brother, Micahel Northrop, M.D.

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Evan Bozof - A Meningococcal Meningitis Story

There’s a saying that “what you don’t know won’t hurt you.” It’s not true. What I didn’t know hurt me. It cost me the life of my son. My story begins on March 25, 1998. It is a day that my husband and I will never forget. It was the day our son, Evan, called from college to tell us that he had a migraine headache. Evan was 20 years old, a college junior and honor student, and a pitcher on his college baseball team at Georgia Southwestern University. After Evan died from meningococcal meningitis, we found out to our astonishment that a vaccine was available, a vaccine that would have saved Evan’s life…

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