Top 10: Reasons to go and get vaccinated as soon as possible

Vaccines are like Saturday morning cartoons – they’re not just for children; in fact many adults can enjoy them as well. All adults should get the flu shot and the T/Tap vaccine – and depending on their age, health status, lifestyle, job, international travel, and other factors, they may need some of these:

·         Hepatitis A.

·         Hepatitis B.

·         Human Papillomavirus (HPV).

·         Meningococcal.

·         Pneumococcal.

·         Shingles.

But according to the 2014 National Health Interview Survey:

·         Only 1 in 5 – or 20% – of adults aged 19 and older had received a Tdap vaccine to protect them against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis.

·         The same percentage of adults aged 19 to 64 years old with certain high-risk medical conditions had received a pneumococcal vaccination.

·         Only about 1 in 4 – or 28% – of adults aged 60 and older had received a shingles vaccination.

As a result, a great number of American adults are forgoing the best protection against disease they could ever get. It makes as much sense as having a one night stand without one of these (oh no, I didn’t!). Without further ado, here are the top 10 reasons to get vaccinated, per the CDC:

Top 10 reasons to get vaccinated



1.Risk for vaccine-preventable serious diseases

Many diseases like influenza, pertussis, and shingles are common in the United States and are easily spreadable.

2.Increased risk for complications from certain diseases if you have a chronic condition or weakened immune system

Adults with heart disease, diabetes, lung disease, and other chronic conditions, as well those with a weakened immune system have a higher risk to develop complications (long-term illness, hospitalization, death) from certain diseases that can be prevented by vaccines.

3.Decreased chances to pass a serious disease to friends and relatives

Influenza, meningitis, and whooping cough and many other vaccine-preventable disease are contagious. Vaccination lowers the risk of getting sick and infecting others.

4.Protect people who can’t get vaccinated

 Pregnant women, people undergoing cancer treatment, newborns, and other people are very susceptible to disease but may not be able to be vaccinated. But if people who can do get vaccinated, they can protect those who can’t.

5.You ain’t got time to get sick

You can’t afford to let the people who depend on you at home and at work down by getting sick in such a silly way as not getting vaccinated.

6.You don’t want to miss a thing

Sickness can keep you from spending quality time with your loved ones, and life’s too short and fleeting to allow that to happen.

7.Getting sick is expensive

Developing a vaccine-preventable disease translates into loss of productivity, healthcare costs, hiring babysitters, paying for gasoline to drive to medical appointments, etc.

8.You enjoy or have to travel

Whether you travel for business or pleasure makes no difference; either you’re homebound sick, or bring an exotic foreign disease back with you.

9.Mens sana in corpore sano

Knowing that your physical health is protected will bring you peace of mind.

10.Sickness? More like suckness

We have all been more than a little under the weather at one point or another – and we all know it feels like merde. Why go through that again if we can so easily help it?


And the 11th unspoken reason to get vaccinated: people like Jim Carrey and Jenny McCarthy say you shouldn’t. If that’s not enough to run – not walk – to your nearest vaccine provider, I don’t know what is.

(The CDC also provides an online quiz to find out which vaccines are recommended for you so that you can discuss them with your doctor. According to said quiz, I “may need the following vaccines if (I) have not had them before or if (I am) not already immune;” MMR, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, seasonal flu, pneumonococcal, and Tdap.)

Related: 10 vaccination misconceptions (that don’t hold water)