We all know how important vaccines are, every parent makes sure their kids get vaccinated on time to protect them from various diseases but are you aware that even adults need vaccines? We at Healthwire got the opportunity to talk to Dr. Damanjit Singh Chadha, Director Internal Medicine at Fortis Hospital, Vasant Kunj, regarding the importance of adult vaccines and why you should talk to your doctor and enquire about the vaccines you need to get.
According to Dr. D. S. Chadha the importance of adult vaccine is extremely overlooked, prevention of diseases does not start and end in our childhood itself, adults also require booster and vaccines to protect themselves from various infectious diseases. Incomplete and inadequate immunization in India against these communicable diseases results in unnecessary costs both in terms of hospitalization and treatments.
With the coming spring season Dr D. S. Chadha says that the number of cases of chicken pox in adults increase significantly, while it is assumed that the vaccine for chicken pox is only for children, adults have more severe symptoms of chicken pox when compared to the younger age group.
He also highlights the importance of MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) vaccines, especially for people who go abroad and are required to share their room. Vaccines like meningococcal (A and C) are also recommended even if it has been given in childhood, a booster is required.
Adult vaccines like the HPV vaccines are also very important for females as it protects cancer caused by Humanpapilloma virus (HPV) infection. Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer among Indian women as per Globocan 2018, and can prevented by practicing safe sex and getting vaccinated on time. The recommended age for initiation of the vaccination is 9-14 years however vaccination is permitted up to the age of 26 years.
More focus on adult vaccine is required as it can help protect to the fullest extent, this preventive strategy can have great impact on the population’s health.