Published: Feb 7, 2015
It is a very strange thing that vaccination is hardly considered as a life-saving marvel after one gets across his childhood untouched by these diseases. But, very few vaccines are actually one-shot vaccines and most critical ones require a booster shot after a particular number of years.
In fact, just recently, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and prevention has released a statement that many vaccines courses are not at all completed by young adults. In fact, adults are increasingly skipping important vaccines and their booster shots. This is becoming a cause of concern, as people do not understand the basic way in which a vaccine is designed i.e.as a long drawn out course over years or months.
The Tetanus vaccine is actually designed to get boosted after a period of 10 years. But, it turns out that only about 62.9% of the people between 19 to 49 years of age have actually received the booster shot within ten years before 2013. In fact, this is alarming, considering the fact that people of older ages who are also vulnerable to the deadly disease, have also ignored this vaccine completely. Between the age of 50 and 64, hardly 64% have actually received the booster injection after every ten years, that they are supposed. And for still older people it is much lesser i.e. about 56.4%.
The Shingles vaccine (medically referred to as Herpes Zoster) is not even a known term among many elderly people, who are ironically the most vulnerable group. This is shown by the fact that only about 24% i.e. one in five people over 50 years of age, have taken this vaccine. Though, this has increased over the years, there is still work to do in generating awareness among people.
The HPV (Human Papilloma virus) vaccine is a three course vaccine. But only about one-third of the women between 19 and 26 years of age have taken more than one course. This CDC report says that we are nowhere near eradicating this most easily preventable STD (Sexually Transmitted disease), which also is a cancer causing virus.
There is a range of disease that CDC has surveyed, but these are some highlights. In fact, CDC has not taken any responsibility for this appalling situation, instead it simply suggests some awareness measures that have always been there on its plan every year
Susan Rehm, who is from the department of infectious Diseases at Cleveland Clinic says ‘it unfortunate for medical officials to treat vaccination as a momentary duty, and simply forget the vaccination protocol for a disease. As a result of vaccine being seen as a children’s thing, there are increased cases of diseases like HPV and Measles which are easy to prevent with a single booster shot. This crisis, is partly due to inadequate awareness and partly due to medical negligence.’
Susan Rehm requests that every one child, adult or aged, should refer to the immunization page that CDC has opened for the people. That CDC page has all details of required vaccination specific to a person’s age.