More Adults Need Vaccines

By: Anne Cutler Email
By: Anne Cutler Email

Federal officials are trying to spread the word, today, that more adults need to get vaccinated.

Officials say the numbers of newly vaccinated adults is surprisingly low, especially considering the public attention surrounding three new shots, which protect against shingles, whooping cough and cervical cancer.

A survey by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases found that aside from the flu, most adults have trouble even naming diseases that
they could prevent with a simple inoculation.

Price may be part of the reason. The shingles shot costs around $150, the three-shot HPV vaccine about $300, and insurance coverage varies.

Cost can't be the only reason, though, because adults aren't taking older vaccines either. CDC found that just 69 percent of seniors get the flu shot, 66 percent have had a one-time pneumonia vaccine and 44 percent received a tetanus shot in the past 10 years.


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