March 14, 2014
Federal health officials say they're disappointed that many adults are forgetting that vaccinations are not just for kids.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reminds adults that in the past few years, new vaccines have become available for grown-ups. They're not just for fighting the flu, but also for protection against shingles, whooping cough and cervical cancer.
The CDC says by skipping vaccines, adults are leaving themselves vulnerable to significant illness, suffering and sometimes death. The report says in the first year of sales, only about two percent of Americans 60 and older got the shingles vaccines, even though there are a million new cases a year of the excruciating illness.