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Employees encouraged to get recommended vaccines

Vaccines produce immunity against certain disease-causing organisms in your body.

The USPS Health and Wellness team wants employees to know about the importance of getting vaccinated, even in adulthood.

According to Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), vaccine-preventable diseases and infections, such as measles and diphtheria, can cause long-term illness, hospitalization or even death.

Vaccines, which are typically administered orally or as an injection, produce immunity against certain disease-causing organisms in your body. Employees should consult a doctor or health care provider to discuss which vaccines are appropriate for them.

Vaccines are available for the following viruses and infections, and more:

  • Shingles (Herpes Zoster): A viral disease that can appear as a painful skin rash with blisters
  • Hepatitis A: A viral liver disease that can cause mild to severe symptoms
  • Hepatitis B: Another virus that affects the liver
  • Pertussis: A highly contagious respiratory disease, also known as whooping cough
  • Pneumococcal: A bacterial infection that affects ears and sinuses, as well as the bloodstream, and can cause pneumonia
  • Tetanus: A serious bacterial infection that causes painful muscle contractions, particularly in the jaw and neck

The CDC website has a recommended vaccine schedule for adults 19 and older.

The Wellness LiteBlue page has more information to help employees maintain their physical, emotional and financial health.