It’s no secret that addiction is a severe disease. It can take over someone’s life and rob them of the ability to function in society. Many people don’t know if you have to be vaccinated for some diseases before attending rehab, but it turns out there are some vaccines you should get before going through treatment. Read on for more information.
1. The flu vaccine
The first vaccine you should get before going to rehab is the flu vaccine. This will help you fight off any infection that may otherwise spread and hurt your recovery efforts. Getting this shot first is so important because some people don’t see it as a priority and then go on to experience some common diseases.
2. The shingles vaccine
Shingle is a disease that has the potential to be very serious, but it can also easily be treated by taking some of your antibiotics daily. However, if you are at risk of getting this disease because you have not yet received the vaccine, you should get it before treatment.
3. The Polio Vaccine
Many people don’t realize this, but the polio infection is making a comeback in certain countries all around the world. If you think that your area isn’t affected by this terrible disease, it may be wise to get the vaccination anyway before rehab. That way, you will protect yourself from any outbreaks that may occur during treatment. Getting vaccinated for polio is essential because it can hurt your recovery efforts if you contract it from someone else at the clinic or elsewhere.
4. The Measles/Mumps/Rubella Vaccine (MMR)
The MMR vaccine helps protect against three severe diseases. The truth is a lot of rehab clinics are located in countries that are not suffering from measles outbreaks or mumps, but it can still spread to these areas very quickly. Since the MMR vaccine is easy for you to get without going through a doctor’s appointment, why don’t you take it before entering rehab?
5. The TDaP Vaccine
This is another vaccine you should consider getting before going into treatment. This disease has recently become more common, with some estimates saying that several hundred thousand people contract it each year. It’s also possible for this disease to be contracted by someone else at the rehab clinic if they have not been vaccinated. You are taking a chance when you choose not to vaccinate yourself against this disease, so what are you waiting for?
6. The Hepatitis A Vaccine
Hepatitis A is becoming more common in many countries, especially those suffering from poverty and war. If you don’t want to risk having any complications during treatment, you should get this vaccination before going into rehab. This will not only protect you against contracting the disease, but it will also protect the other people around who may come in contact with it too.
7. The Japanese Encephalitis Vaccine (JE)
You can contract Japanese encephalitis if you go on a trip to an area where it’s very prevalent, like Southeast Asia or Eastern Europe. So if you think this could be an issue for your recovery efforts, then why not just get the JE vaccine beforehand? You should get vaccinated for this infection before going to rehab, even if you aren’t planning on going overseas.
8. The Meningococcus Vaccine (MCV4)
If you spend a lot of time with people who have meningitis disease, then it may be a good idea to think about getting yourself vaccinated for this already. Some cases of meningitis disease may end up being contracted through someone at your rehab clinic, or elsewhere too. Getting vaccinated will protect you against contracting this severe disease as well as protect those around you.
9. The Pneumococcal Vaccine (Pneumonia)
Some don’t realize how easy it is to contract pneumonia, but this disease is one of the leading causes of death in infants and older adults. You are much more likely to get this disease if you live with someone who has it. So why not just protect yourself by taking the pneumococcal vaccine?
10. The Diphtheria/Tetanus/Pertussis vaccine (DTaP)
These three diseases can be hazardous for lots of people, including teens. It’s best to ensure that your friends and family members have already received their DTaP vaccines before they enter rehab or treatment because contracting these diseases can slow down your recovery efforts. You should also consider getting vaccinated against all these infectious diseases if you plan on getting pregnant.
This article has discussed the many different kinds of vaccines you may want to consider getting before entering rehab. The most important thing to remember is that it’s always better to be safe than sorry, so why not just take advantage of these vaccinations? It will help protect yourself and those around you. Call us at 833-610-1174.