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Doctor: Adults, not just kids, need to be up to date on their vaccines

Local6Lea Lane’s love of travel has taken her to more 120 countries, but whether at home or abroad, she makes sure she’s up-to-date on her vaccinations.

“I would say we’re very lucky to have these things and to do,” Lane said. “Without them, without having to do without them is foolish.”

While many vaccinations last a lifetime, others need boosters as the years go on.Infectious disease specialist Dr. Giorgio Tarchini said the tetanus vaccine should be repeated every 10 years.

“The main concern with tetanus is after any cuts, especially deep penetrating injury, so working a workbench, things like that,” Tarchini said.

For those who travel outside the U.S., a vaccination against Hepatitis A as well as general care on pediatrics can provide important protection against foodborne illness

“It’s a short, limited illness, (but) it could be dangerous, in some cases fatal. However, it doesn’t become a chronic disease,” Tachini said.

On the other hand, Hepatitis B, which is sexually transmitted, can become a chronic disease.

Most people born in the U.S. after 1981 have been vaccinated against Hep B, but people born before then may be at risk.

“I do see patients who weren’t even aware they have Hep B and we screen them and find out they have the disease,” said Tachini.

This month, a surge in influenza has doctors reminding everyone in Central Florida about the critical flu shot.

“The last two weeks (there’s been) a bump up to 275, so instead of continuing down, we have seen a little surge here,” said Dr. Tim Hendrix, with Centra Care. [Read full story]