Adults, take note: Immunizations and screenings aren’t just kids’ stuff
 
By now, you likely have heard about the measles cases that appear to have their roots in exposures to the virus at California’s Disneyland Park.
 
Most recently, 10 cases in Canada have been associated with the amusement park outbreak. More than 107 people in North America have been infected with the disease since December, with at least one-third being tied to the outbreak at Disneyland.
 
To date, there have been no confirmed measles cases this year in Maryland. And, while the outbreaks have drawn attention to opponents of immunization and to parents who either question the safety of vaccines or who hope their children’s immune systems will repel various diseases, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene strongly encourages people to get immunized and to make sure their children are, as well. You can find immunization schedules at our website. Health care providers can find information specific to them at this webpage.
 
The reasons for emphasizing the need for children to get immunized are clear enough: Many of these diseases can have serious consequences, if people get infected – ranging from deafness or sterility to death – but screenings and immunizations should be seen as a part of lifelong health maintenance.
 
For example, our Maternal and Child Health Bureau carries age-appropriate screenings and immunizations for females at this page. For example, even into a woman’s fifties, she can plan on getting an annual flu vaccination, as well as getting a tetanus booster every 10 years. She should discuss with her health care provider the prospect of getting a Tdap booster – Tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis – as well. And, pertussis, to drive home the point of the risk for some diseases not ending with childhood, is also known as whooping cough.