Adult immunisation is the most ignored part of health care services in India due to lack of awareness, according to a city-based health expert. "The condition of adult vaccination is abysmal in the country primarily because of lack of awareness amongst people as well as the doctors. It is also not a priority for the government because of the costs involved," said Vivek Nangia, Director and Head of Pulmonology - Fortis Hospital, Vasant Kunj. As humans grow older, the protection from some of the vaccines received during childhood wears off. ‘The condition of adult vaccination is abysmal in India primarily because of lack of awareness amongst people as well as the doctors.’ While viruses like the influenza and some bacteria change over time, the immune systems also tend to weaken over time, putting older adults at higher risk of some infections. While we do not have any conclusive or comprehensive data on vaccination coverage amongst adults, we very often see adult patients coming with infections that could have been easily prevented with vaccination. These include those between 19 and 64 years or older, the doctor said. "Moreover, it is an attitudinal problem as vaccination is preventive and that is never a priority for people. The priority is always cure and never prevention," Nangia added. Adults with certain chronic or immuno-compromising conditions are more likely to develop complications if they were to catch these infections. There is also higher risk of transmission amongst older adults than young children. Pneumococcal pneumonia and invasive pneumococcal disease, Influenza, Hepatitis A & B, Typhoid, Herpes Zoster, Diphtheria, Tetanus and Human Papillomavirus (HPV) infections are some of the diseases that adults can safeguard themselves against through vaccination. Moreover, patients with conditions such as chronic heart disease, diabetes, chronic lung disease, cancer, AIDS are also more susceptible to vaccine-preventable pneumococcal disease. "With the successful implementation of a national immunisation programme, the cases of vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs) amongst children have decreased substantially over the last century. It's time to focus on adults now," Nangia noted. Source: IANS << Older Adults More Likely to Stick to Exercise Programmes Tha... Gene Editing Helps Reduce Blood Cholesterol Levels >> Recommended Reading Three Infants in Jharkhand Die After DTP Vaccination Three infants died and six fell ill in a district in Jharkhand after they were administered diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis vaccine (DTP) vaccines. READ MORE Vaccinations in Autistic Children are Not Regular Finds a Study Significant vaccination differences were observed in children who are diagnosed with autism when compared to children who don't have autism, find a new study. READ MORE Vaccines Without Needles – The Future of Vaccination Vaccines may be now be delivered in non-injecting forms with the use of synthetic biology. A synthetic, non-biologic Influenza A vaccine in a proof-of-concept study shows new vaccine production platform to build a fully synthetic flu vaccine. READ MORE Multiple Vaccinations have No Harmful Effect on Infants' Immune System Multiple vaccines given to infants as part of their regular vaccination schedule reduce their susceptibility to other infections for two years, finds a new study. READ MORE Adult Immunization Adult immunization is needed for adults whose mandatory childhood vaccines were either missed out or offer less protection, and to guard against new diseases. READ MORE Top 10 Vaccine Myths Debunked Childhood vaccination has saved many lives, yet lots more has to be done to increase awareness and eliminate myths regarding vaccines. READ MORE Traveling with Children Abroad? - Parents, Stay Alert! Traveling with children is always challenging as it involves careful planning. Here are some precautions that need to be taken when traveling abroad with kids. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Iron Intake Calculator Drug Interaction Checker Diaphragmatic Hernia More News on: Adult ImmunizationTop 10 Vaccine Myths DebunkedTraveling with Children Abroad? - Parents, Stay Alert!