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Adults Should Get the Immunizations They Need

Hotel Voice - October 20, 2015 Share/Save/Bookmark

Dr. Robert Greenspan

Immunizations are not only for children! Everyone should be vaccinated, regardless of age. In fact, in New York City 99% of the deaths that could be prevented by vaccination now occur in adults, not children. Everyone — infants, children, adolescents, adults, and older people — all need regular immunizations to stay healthy.

Some adults incorrectly believe that the vaccines they received as children will protect them for the rest of their lives. In some cases this is true, but there are other facts to consider:

As we age, we become more susceptible to serious diseases caused by common infections like flu and pneumonia. That’s why you and your doctor should consider the following vaccinations:

This may seem like it is a lot to know. That’s why one among the best things you can do is have an annual checkup with your primary care physician or attend Men’s or Women’s Health Weeks at the Health Centers and discuss preventative medicine with your physician. Please note that most insurance companies do not cover all of these vaccinations. But because your health and the health of your family members are important to us, the Health Centers will cover all of these immunizations. Please take advantage of this benefit; it may literally save your life!

(Editor’s note: Dr. Robert Greenspan is the Chief Executive Officer of the Hotel Trades Council and Hotel Association of New York Benefit Funds.)