Vaccines: Not Just for Kids

Dr. Sandra L. WorrellFamily Medicine physician at ARC Kyle Plum Creek recently discussed vaccinations on the KLBJ ARC Healthcare Minute. But instead of stressing the importance of vaccination for children, she shifted the discussion to the importance of vaccines for adults.

“Every year in the United States, thousands of adults become seriously ill, and are hospitalized because of diseases that vaccines can help prevent,” said Dr. Worrell. “The need for vaccines does not go away as we get older, instead there are specific vaccines recommended as we age.”

What are a few of the vaccinations that adults should get? “Some of the important vaccines include those that prevent shingles, flu, pneumonia, pertussis (also known as whooping cough), tetanus and diphtheria, and ones that fight certain cancers,” says Dr. Worrell. She urges adults to discuss these life-saving vaccines with their healthcare provider.

If you would like to make an appointment with Dr. Worrell, call ARC Kyle Plum Creek at 512-295-1333, or book an appointment online.

Listen to this podcast of the ARC Healthcare Minute above. For more health tips from ARC doctors, tune into the ARC Healthcare Minute which airs on KLBJ News Radio 590 AM/99 FM on weekdays at 7:29 am and 8:29 am.

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