You’re protected from disease
If you are not vaccinated, you are unprotected from diseases such as the flu, whooping cough, or even liver cancer. Thousands of adults become seriously ill and are hospitalized because of preventable diseases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). By getting vaccinated, you can avoid contracting one of these diseases and prevent unnecessary suffering.
Even if you received vaccinations as a child, they wear off over time. Talk with your health care provider to make sure you stay up to date with your vaccines. The CDC recommends getting the flu shot every year and the Tdap vaccine once as an adult if you did not receive it as an adolescent.
You avoid spreading disease to loved ones
If you have the ability to get vaccinated, you should. Some members of the community, including pregnant women and people with HIV/AIDs, have health conditions or age restrictions that keep them from being able to get vaccinated. They rely on you getting vaccinated to help keep them healthy, too.
People with weaker immune systems, including infants and older adults, are especially vulnerable to infectious diseases. If you choose not to get vaccinated, you are putting not only yourself at risk but these people, as well.
You are not susceptible to financial burdens
Unvaccinated adults are more susceptible to financial burdens. In fact, adults not getting vaccinated cost the U.S. $7.1 billion in 2015, according to Forbes. Vaccines keep you healthy so you don’t miss work. If you contract an illness, even if you have sick days or paid time off, you could be out for days, even weeks.
If you decline vaccination, you run the risk of getting sick and racking up medical costs, depending on the severity of the illness. If you are seriously ill and become hospitalized, you might be suffering unnecessarily.
There are a few, isolated instances when someone should not be vaccinated. Some adults with specific health conditions, such as typhoid and human papillomavirus (HPV), should not get certain vaccines or should wait to get them.
Talk to your doctor to make sure you get the vaccines that are best for you.