Vaccination for children and newborn vaccination in India are the top of mind aspects when one hears the word vaccine. Most people agree it is a well-accepted disease prevention strategy for infants and children. This is because, in India, as in most countries, vaccination for babies - from newborn to age 8 is provided by the Government authorities. Unfortunately, there is far lesser awareness when it comes to vaccinating adults. This is surprising, because statistics indicate that adults are 100 times more likely to die from vaccine preventable diseases than children. They are also 25 times more likely to die from chickenpox (varicella) than children. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), USA says that the cost of treating adults for vaccine preventable diseases exceeds 10 billion dollars a year, excluding the cost of life. Data from the WHO indicates that one lakh Indians die due to Hepatitis B every year & 4 crore Indians are infected with Hepatitis B virus. Moreover, in India, one woman dies from cervical cancer every 8 seconds.
Several communicable diseases (including certain infections like Hepatitis B and the cervical wart virus infection that can lead to cancer) are preventable by Vaccination.
There is a huge gap - both in terms of awareness and in terms of reliable vaccination centres in Chennai for people to go to for Adult Vaccinations. If you ask most people about adult vaccination, they may only be aware of yellow fever vaccination in India, that too, because it is mandatory as part of certain visa application processes. In terms of quality of vaccines, the right advice on relevant vaccines - specific expertise is needed along with highest standards of medical practice. The Capstone Clinic brings both together to fill this gap and enable more people to live infection-free lives. Ask anyone who has tried to find a place for yellow fever injection in Chennai and one will understand the severity of this gap. Read more about Adult Vaccines here and get yourself protection from several avoidable diseases or see our Travel Advisory section to know more about travel related vaccines.
A vaccine is a substance that teaches your immune system to recognise a pathogen or bug, protecting you against a specific disease. Vaccines mimic an infection and give our immune system an opportunity to fight a bug without having to suffer the disease. They also save help money - not just from medical expenses and hospitalisation costs for treating the disease but also from avoiding downtime or loss of productivity due to illness. Since infectious diseases can be transmitted from one person to another, benefits of vaccines extend to the larger community in addition to protecting individuals.
Vaccination in Adults is relevant under different categories:
- Adult vaccines to prevent from specific diseases or conditions. For instance lifestyle and underlying medical conditions like heart disease, lung diseases or diabetes in adults, warrant extra protection from infectious diseases through Vaccinations
- Vaccination related to travel to specific regions or before engaging in specific kinds of activities. For example, for those headed for treks in specific countries or likely to be exposed to certain infections due to travel.
- Booster doses of childhood vaccines to refresh the immune system’s memory. For example, the tetanus injection needs to be given every 10 years of one’s adult life.
- Mandatory: Students going abroad for studies and some specific yellow fever vaccines were mandatory as part of the visa application process. Likewise for those travelling to Middle East for Haj also need to complete some vaccinations.
Yes! Vaccines are among the safest medicines available. They have been extensively tested. Like all medicines, vaccines are not 100% risk-free. Some people may have mild side-effects, like a fever or soreness at the injection site. Severe vaccine reactions are rare.
Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Cervical cancer, Flu, Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), Meningococcal, Pneumonia (pneumococcal), Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tdap), Shingles (Herpes Zoster) are some of the vaccines recommended for adults.
Though vaccines are generally safe, live vaccines should not be given to pregnant women and persons with compromised immune systems. Prior allergy to the vaccine is also a contraindication.
Vaccine efficacy is guaranteed only if the vaccines are transported and stored at the appropriate temperatures. At The Capstone Clinic, ‘cold chain’ protocols are strictly adhered to, to ensure material is handled as per highest standards, so that we can ensure the best results for our patients. We provide Vaccination services for children and adults in an ambience of comfort and care. Vaccines for adults are selected based on the ‘HALO’ criteria – health, age, lifestyle, and occupational factors. Our vaccine counsellors are trained to evaluate patients and recommend vaccines as per need.
Here is a list (not exhaustive) of the adult vaccinations we provide at The Capstone Clinic. Kindly contact us to know more details about each of these.