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Many Adults Missing Important Vaccines: Study

According to the CDC, many American adults are missing important vaccines that could protect against deadly diseases.
Posted at 4:09 PM, Feb 07, 2014

Maybe you got a flu shot this year, but did you get any other other vaccinations? If you're like many U.S. adults, probably not. A new study shows a lot of adults are missing key vaccinations that could protect from serious, life-threatening illnesses. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analyzed data from both a 2011 and 2012 National Health Interview Survey. It found vaccine coverage is "depressingly low."  (Via WABC)

Those included vaccines for pneumonia, tetanus, Tdap — which prevents whooping cough — hepatitis A and B, herpes zoster and HPV. (Via Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

So why are so many people skipping out on vaccines? Well, according to one researcher, there are a number of reasons. 

"'Mythology surrounding vaccination is the greatest obstacle. In spite of all the press about the rise of whooping cough, for instance, patients still may refuse vaccination.' Those 'myths' include fears that vaccines might cause autism, a concern that has been widely discredited, or lead to illness or severe reactions." (Via HealthDay News

Financial issues were also reportedly one cause, and there was a wide racial gap with whites more likely to be up-to-date than blacks or Hispanics. 

"Luckily, there's something patients and doctors can do about it. Next time you see your doctors, take a moment to review your immunization history so you can get what you truly need." (Via WDAZ)