Just a little something off topic.I'm starting a new job the first week of June, at a hospital, and so I had to have a pre-employment physical, which included blood work, to make sure that I have immunity to chicken pox, measles, etc. I got a Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) booster at the appointment, because I know I haven't had any vaccinations (other than the flu shot) since I was a kid, and the nurse said adults need the Tdap booster every 10 years. She also said whooping cough (pertussis) has been making a big comeback in the U.S., so she is especially urging people to get the Tdap booster.
Today though I got a email from the nurse, saying that based on my blood work, I need to come in for chicken pox and measles vaccines. My mother says that I never had chicken pox, as a kid, but I know at least a few of my siblings did, so I figured I probably developed some sort of immunity to it. My husband had a horrible case of shingles in 2010, so I guess it's really, really fortunate that I didn't contract chicken pox from him, given that I have no immunity to it! I'm sure that I was vaccinated against measles as a kid, but I had no idea the vaccine had worn off. It's kind of alarming thinking about all the diseases I could have been at risk of catching, because I had no idea I was in need of booster shots as an adult!
I'm going to have to make sure my husband asks his doctor about getting any booster shots he needs, as well. I imagine he's probably way due for some, too.