Childhood Immunization Vaccines Wear Off

4:27 PM, Aug 21, 2012   |    comments
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Triad -- The vaccinations we all got as kids wear off over time.

"Disease evolves and we have to allows stay ahead of it," said Dr. Stacey Blyth, at the LaBauer Health Care Center.

News 2 found out: Just because you've had a sickness once doesn't mean that you're now immune for life.

"It is simple things like health maintenance, we as doctors sometimes forget, when we are treating an active problem," said Dr. Michael Morgan, at the Novant Medical Group.

So doctors and even the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are trying to flag everyone down!

"We think of a vaccine as a long-term preventative maintenance, not only do we prevent ourselves from getting sick. We prevent our friends and family from getting sick in the future," said Dr. Morgan. 

Here's what you need to know to keep safe:

If you are older than 19 years old, get a Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (T-Dap) once and a Td vaccine once every 10 years. 

Be sure to get two more doses of the chickenpox vaccination sometime over the rest of your adult life.

For measles and mumps, go back for one or two more doses between 19 and 65 years-old.

And for Hepatitis A - get two doses as an adult - and for B get up to three doses.

Here's a list of links for vaccine recommendations from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention:

For adults: Click Here

For children, including preteens and teens: Click Here

Here are the actual vaccine schedules on the "For Everyone" side: Click Here 

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