Vaccination is an effective method to prevent an infection and/ or to reduce its severity and morbidity. Vaccination involves the administration of antigenic material of the micro-organisms (bacteria or viruses) responsible for the infection.
Vaccination practice in children has significantly reduced the occurrence of serious and sometimes fatal infections. It has been possible to eradicate small-pox with the help of universally adopted vaccination programmes. Similarly, polio is almost eradicated except for an occasional case from most parts of the world.
While childhood vaccinations are routinely practiced, the concept of adult vaccination is not yet popular. A number of vaccinations for use in adults have now become available. A comprehensive list released by the Centre for Disease Control, USA is attached for reference.
we recommend following vaccinations in adults:
These vaccinations are administered through intra-muscular injection in the Deloitte muscle.
Both influenza and pneumococcal vaccination are safe. There can be local pain, redness and swelling over the site of injection for a few hours or so. Mild fever can occur occasionally. Serious reactions such as spinal myelitis or Gullain Barre syndrome are extremely rare, following inactivated, live influenza virus vaccination.
Both influenza and pneumococcal vaccinations reduce, not eliminate altogether the risk of occurrence of infection.