When you think of vaccinations you may think of children but adults need their shots too.
"We've had kids hospitalized at Carilion Clinic Children's Hospital this year with pertussis," said Dr. Colleen Kraft, professor of pediatrics at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and director of the pediatric program.
You may be asking what does that have to do with adults? The answer is everything.
Dr. Kraft says kids can get pertussis or as it's more commonly known, whooping cough, from adults who are not up to date on their vaccination.
What happens is an adult gets sick, has a lingering cough and then gets over it. But that adult can infect a baby who can become much more seriously ill.
"It can obstruct their airway," said Dr. Kraft. "Many of these children wind up being hospitalized and we have seen a rampant increase in the number of kids with pertussis in this area in the last year."
Adults should get the vaccination at least once every ten years particularly if you're in contact with babies. "If you're an adult and that means parent, grandparent, that means teacher, that means health care worker you should get the T-dap vaccine for yourself but particularly for those little children that you're around," said Dr. Kraft.