All adults should get vaccines to protect their health. Even healthy adults can become seriously ill, and can pass certain illnesses on to others. Immunization is especially important for adults 60 years of age and older, and for those who have a chronic condition such as asthma, COPD, diabetes or heart disease. Immunization is also important for anyone who is in close contact with the very young, the very old, people with weakened immune systems, and those who cannot be vaccinated says Dr. Foster.
Vaccines are an important step in protecting adults against several serious and sometimes deadly, diseases.
John Foster, MD at Sunset Walk-In Healthcare and Occupational Medicine Clinic has joined with Center for Disease Control [CDC] partners nationwide in recognizing August as National Adult Immunization Awareness Month. August 24th through August 30th focuses on the importance of adult immunization.
Sunset Walk-In Healthcare offers a special cash price to local residents and business owners who wish to get their flu shot ahead of the curve this year. Dr. Foster advises adults to review their immunization requirements on a regular basis, stating that the need for vaccination does not end in childhood.
Vaccines are recommended throughout one’s life based on: age, lifestyle and occupation, locations of travel, medical conditions and previous vaccines. The CDC updates vaccines recommended for adults each year based on the latest research on vaccine safety, effectiveness, and patterns of vaccine-preventable diseases.
Vaccines are recommended for adults to prevent serious diseases such as influenza, shingles, pneumonia caused by pneumococcal bacteria, hepatitis, and whooping cough. Many of these diseases are common in the U.S. and all adults even healthy ones can benefit from vaccination.
- Some vaccines prevent cancer. Hepatitis B vaccine can prevent liver cancer that can develop after developing chronic hepatitis B. The HPV vaccine can prevent cervical and other types of cancer caused by human papillomavirus.
- Every year, thousands of adults in the U.S. needlessly suffer, are hospitalized, and even die from diseases that could be prevented by vaccines.
Vaccination is important because it not only protects the person receiving the vaccine, but also helps prevent the spread of certain diseases to those who are most vulnerable to serious complications, such as infants and young children, elderly, and those with chronic conditions and weakened immune systems.
“Unfortunately, far too few adults are receiving the recommended vaccines, leaving themselves and their loved ones vulnerable to serious diseases” says Dr. Foster.
Sunset Walk-In is offering a special $20.00 cash price for annual flu shots. Sunset Walk-In Healthcare also accepts most PPO insurance plans including Covered California PPOs and Medicare.
Company Information: Sunset Walk-In Healthcare and Occupational Medicine Clinic, PC is owned by John Foster, MD and is located in the Sunset Medical Tower Building at 9201 Sunset Blvd., Mezzanine Level [M-155], West Hollywood, CA 90069. The clinic is open M-TH 8a-6p, F 8a-5p and Saturday 10a-2p. Sunset Walk-In offers occupational medicine, urgent care and travel medicine and accepts most PPO insurance plans, Blue Shield Covered California and Medicare.