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Adult Vaccine Rates

How many Americans are protected against these 4 common illnesses?

Our downloadable infographic looks at vaccine rates for these 4 communicable diseases. It also examines who should be getting the vaccines and provides information on the diagnoses of these diseases in the U.S. in recent years.

Influenza (aka The Flu)
Influenza (flu) is a respiratory illness, typically with a sudden on-set. Symptoms include fever, chills, cough, sore throat, headaches, body aches, and runny nose. Most patients will recover in less than 2 weeks, but some can develop severe respiratory complications.Vaccines for Adults

Pertussis (aka Whooping Cough)
Pertussis, better known as Whooping Cough, is not just for infants. Caused by a bacterial infection, it is highly contagious and airborne. People with pertussis suffer runny nose, mild fever, fatigue, and the tell-tale cough. Coughing may last for several weeks, but with some patients, it lasts 10 weeks or more.

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Herpes-Zoster (aka Shingles)
Shingles is a painful rash on one side of the face or body. The rash forms blisters that scab over in 7 to 10 days. Only people who had Chicken Pox-and therefore have the varicella-zoster virus in their blood-can get Shingles. It spreads through from contact with fresh Shingles blisters. Once blisters are scabbed over, the virus no longer spreads.

Pneumonia is a severe lung infection that is caused by a virus, bacteria, or fungus. It is spread through coughing or sneezing. Symptoms include cough, fever, chills, shaking and shortness of breath. Most patients recover in 1 to 3 weeks, but for some, it can be life-threatening.


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