The Vaccine Story
Shock probably struck you in the face when you overheard two mothers gossip about their children’s vaccines, who administers which to who, and how come they memorize the names like they’re medicalmractitioners.
At one point during the bus ride, you wondered, “Did I ever get those vaccines, too?” So you frantically called your mom and asked her. Sadly, the only thing she said was, “Hun, I don’t remember anymore. Please request a copy of your medical records.”
You called your family doctor’s number and was routed to the Office Manager. She remembers you because your mom has apparently called her earlier, worried sick as usual. She advised your medical records should be released within 48 hours and told you this: “There are some vaccines you need to get as an adult. If you missed some dose, you need to get them soon.”
Kudos to your eavesdropping, you got yourself a blessing-in-disguise. Let me help you, here are some of the vaccines Ms. Office Manager might tell you about once you see her.
The Vaccine List
1. Flu Vaccine
This shot is ideally once a year, badly needed from September to May. The sooner you get it, the better.
2. Pneumococcal Vaccine
This dose serves as a defense for pneumonia, blood infections, and bacterial meningitis. There are two types of this vaccine which you’ll need by the age of 65. For younger people at a high risk of pneumonia, such as those who smoke or have asthma, you’ll need both shots, too.
3. Hepatitis A
This one’s tricky and a little controversial. If you’re in a high-risk community, have a long-term liver disease or HIV, or use blood products for blood clotting, you need to get a shot soon. No offense to the LGBT community, if you are a man who is sexually active with another man, darling, you need to get this ASAP.
4. Hepatitis B
Same rules as Hepa-A apply. Additional risks requiring a shot include:
• Diabetes, advanced kidney disease or dialysis
• Living in the same house with a Hepa-B patient
• Having sex with more than one partner
• Being in prison or victims of sexual assault or abuse
5. HPV (Human Papillomavirus) Vaccine
If you’re below 26 years of age and haven’t received this shot when you were younger, please get one soon. This vaccine is ideally received before having your first sexual intercourse.
These are just some vaccines you need to get. Please confirm with your medical provider if you need another shot. Please entrust this to a professional and never attempt to self-administer to cut costs.