Beyond Flu Shots: Vaccinations for Adults

I got vaccinated as a kid, why should I get more?

You owe it to yourself and everyone around you. It’s estimated that vaccinations prevented 1,800
deaths in the 2012–13 flu season. It’s not too late to get vaccinated for the upcoming flu season at your
healthcare provider, pharmacy, local clinic, County Public Health Clinic.

Still wondering why?
  • Your childhood vaccines might not be enough. Protection from some vaccines can wear off over time. 
  • Illness puts your life on hold. You may not be able to work, go to school, or take care of your family or other responsibilities.
  • You can keep others safe. Don’t give a preventable disease to your loved ones. Infants, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems (like those undergoing cancer treatment) are especially vulnerable.
Here are other vaccines recommended for adults:

Shingles: Adult complication of childhood chicken pox that causes painful, blistering rash with possible
fever and pain that can last for many months.

Pneumonia: Infection that causes inflamed air sacs in the lungs which may fill with fluid.

Pertussis (Whooping Cough): Not just dangerous for you—it can be passed to infants, for whom it’s life-

Tetanus: Bacterial infection that causes painful spasms, muscle stiffness, lockjaw, and can be fatal.

Diphtheria: Serious infection in the nose and throat that can cause breathing difficulty.

Complications from these can lead to serious illness or death. Getting vaccinated as an adult could save
your life—or someone else’s.

Get the facts: 

The Highland Park Board of Health, staffed by community volunteers and student representatives, works in close cooperation with the Mayor, the Borough Council, the Board of Education, and the Middlesex County Health Department to address the public health needs of Highland Park residents. In accordance with state-wide minimum standards, the Board implements state laws and regulations relating to public health in the Borough.

The Board of Health monitors public health issues that may affect our locality and responds to health-related queries from our residents. The Board may pass health ordinances, such as those defining public health and noise nuisances and regulating age-of-sale of tobacco/smoking products. Members play a role in developing and disseminating health information and services to our community.

The Borough contracts with Middlesex County to provide an Inspector for Highland Park who oversees important services, such as food service inspections and investigation of complaints related to health hazards including lack of heat in rented dwellings. The Inspector reports directly to the Board.

We welcome input from the citizens of Highland Park.