Officials Reminding Adults to Keep Up On Their Vaccinations

By Sylvia Gonzalez
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - Immunizations are for people of all ages but it seems once a person has reached adulthood, they tend to associate vaccine with children. One doctor says if everyone keeps up with their shots then we might prevent diseases in the future.

"The adult immunizations are very important, they are forgotten. Once they leave high school, people don't keep up with the vaccines and it very important because there's preventable diseases and problems that can occur for getting yourself vaccinated," Dr. Diana Casanova said.

She mentioned that adults consider getting their shots after they've had an injury and the goal is to be proactive and not reactive.

"They should keep up with their diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis vaccine. Many people step on a nail or they injure themselves, and that when they go running to the emergency room or to the doctor to get a tetanus vaccine instead of being protective beforehand by getting the Tdap vaccines every 10 years," Casanova said.

Casanova says many adults tend to put the importance of being vaccinated on the back burner.

"It's a myth, a misunderstanding that once they've been vaccinated they are protected forever. They don't realize as well by them not keeping up to date or being proactive in regards to their immunizations they are also exposing their grandchildren to diseases," Casanova said.

If you have ever been vaccinated at the Ector County Health Department, you can go by the office and get a copy of your vaccination records, which will indicate what shots you have received.

"If they've ever been here one time, anything that we provided and any history they provided at the time, we will always have a copy of that information. But we would have the information from the time they were here including any history they might have provided or presented at the visit," Penny Farris, RN with the Ector County Health Department, said.