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More U.S. Adults Need Vaccines for Pneumonia, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Hepatitis, Shingles & Whooping Cough

By David Beasley

ATLANTA | Tue Jan 29, 2013 3:07pm EST

Jan 29 (Reuters) – The flu isn’t the only illness adults should be immunized against, U.S. health officials said on Tuesday, as a new study found current adult vaccination rates in the country “unacceptably low.”

The report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) concluded that a “substantial increase” in adult vaccinations is needed to prevent diseases including pneumonia, tetanus, diphtheria, hepatitis, shingles and whooping cough.

“Far too few adults are getting vaccinated against these important diseases, and we need to do more,” said Dr. Howard Koh, an assistant secretary for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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