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J Int Soc Prev Community Dent. 2018 Nov-Dec;8(6):475-481. doi: 10.4103/jispcd.JISPCD_347_18. Epub 2018 Nov 29.

Adult Immunization - Need of the Hour.

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1
Faculty of Dentistry, AIMST University, Bedong, Malaysia.
2
Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Madras, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.
3
Department of Paediatric Dentistry, Ministry of Health, King Khaled Hospital, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
4
Skin and Laser Care Centre, Dr. Sulaiman Al Habib Hospital, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
5
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Dentistry, Jubilee Mission Medical College Hospital and Research Center, Thrissur, Kerala, India.
6
Department of Public Health Dentistry, College of Applied Health Sciences in Ar Rass, Qassim University, Buraydah, Saudi Arabia.

Abstract

Immunization is the process of making individuals immune. Childhood immunization is a common process for various aliments, but adult immunization in the Indian scenario is obscure. Officially, India has been declared polio-free, which is an achievement despite cultural, political, economic, geographic, and so many other factors. The changing demographics of adult, geriatric population and growing cost of health-care maintenance are a concern in developing countries like India. Thus, promoting healthy lifestyle needs prevention, early detection, and management of various diseases and disorders. Certainly, prevention in adults is yet to be tapped completely, so that goal of 100% prevention can be achieved. Various fraternities of medical association have come up with guidelines for adult immunization schedules in India. The present paper reviews infectious diseases such as anthrax, chikungunya, cholera, dengue, influenza, and malaria in this section of the review. We humbly request all health-care professionals and educators to educate the mass for adult immunization. So that, cost involved for treatment and workforce for the management of diseases can be better utilized in some other needed areas.

KEYWORDS:

Anthrax; chikungunya; cholera; dengue; influenza; malaria

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