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The importance of being up to date with immunizations

The importance of being up to date with immunizations. (WPEC)

Whether you’re young or older, shots are never fun.

But doctors say they’re vital at every age.

65-year-old Cindy Moreno is meeting with her doctor to make sure she’s up to date on her immunizations.

“As adults age, it's more likely that they will suffer some of the life-threatening infections such as influenza and phenomena,” says Doctor Fred Cambell with UT Health San Antonio.

During our golden years says Campbell 65 is the golden age for updating your shots, especially for those with poor immune systems.

At the top of the list: the Influenza Vaccine.

“Influenza vaccine will save tens of thousands of Americans not to mention world-wide,” says Campbell.

He says it's not always 100% effective, but it's pretty close.

Also, important is the Pneumonia Vaccine.

“It can reduce the incidents of pneumonia in general and specifically pneumococcal pneumonia,” the doctor said.

He says the Tetanus Vaccine is one you get when you're younger but it doesn't last longer than 10 years, and you should get it again when you're older.

The Shingles Vaccine is another one, too.

“Luckily, I have a very good physician that keeps me on my toes!” said Cindy Moreno, a patient.

Cindy's up-to-date and dodged the needle today.

But, as a nurse herself, who works with sick people every day she says you have to stay on top of your health for your sake and other people's, too.

“Call your physician talk to the nurse and ask the nurse to look at your records and see what you need,” she said.


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