AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - Dr. Janis Coffin, Director of the Family Medicine Clinic at GRU says there's been an increase in adults coming down with illnesses commonly thought only children can get.
"We're seeing a lot of adult population now that's coming down with whooping cough," she says.
And that's not all. The flu, pneumonia, and measles are becoming more common among adults.
"Only about 5% of the adult population is properly vaccinated," Dr. Coffin says.
And to help you get vaccinated, look no further than your neighborhood pharmacy.
"There's quite a few pharmacies such as CVS, Walgreens, Wal-Mart, even Costco now that offers adult immunizations to include the T-Dap vaccine, the shingles, the Pneumococcal, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B," she says.
And Dr. Coffin hopes that these pharmacies will help increase the number of adults who get immunized.
"We hope that since the retail pharmacies are now offering patients to come in and get their vaccinations that it will actually help increase the vaccination rate and hopefully decrease those preventable diseases," Dr. Coffin says.
She says that the best way to see if you need the shots is to ask your doctor to run a test to see if you need them.
"I would recommend if you're unsure of your status regarding measles, mumps, rubella, or the chicken pox that you get those tiders drawn," she says.
She also says to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
Many pharmacies have lists on their websites of vaccines they offer, and the CDC website has lists of vaccines you should receive as well as helpful links to help answer your questions.