Adult Vaccination – what is right for you?

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It isn’t just kids who need vaccines.  But, as adults, we forget about getting our annual or other shots.  Vaccines are important part of protecting against serious and sometimes deadly diseases.  Even if you were vaccinated as a kid, some of the vaccine immunity wears off as we age, and we need boosters.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), all adults should get the following vaccines:

  • Influenza vaccine once a year
  • Td Vaccine every 10 years to protect against tetanus
  • Tdap  once, for protection against tetanus and whooping cough

 

There are vaccines that many adults get, based on factors such as age, job, health and vaccines given in the past.  These include:

  • Shingles vaccine – This is a vaccine to prevent a painful rash that is caused by the chickenpox virus and can happen years after you have had chickenpox.
  • HPV vaccine – This is a vaccine to protect young women from getting several types of cervical cancers
  • Pneumovax vaccine – This is a vaccine to prevent against several types of  pneumonias
  • Meningococcal vaccine – This is a vaccine to protect against meningitis, an  inflammation of the tissues around the brain that can be deadly
  • Hepatitis vaccines – This is a vaccine to protect your liver from hepatitis
  • Chickenpox vaccine – This vaccine protects you from getting chickenpox
  • Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccine (MMR) – Protects against these potentially deadly diseases

Vaccines are a simple and easy way to decrease your risk.

Vaccines are especially important for people with chronic conditions.  People with asthma, COPD, heart conditions, or stroke are more likely to develop pneumonia and be hospitalized and even die after getting sick with the flu.  People who are not super healthy can actually become very ill and even die from an illness that only mildly affects healthy people.

So, be proactive with your health, and investigate what vaccines are right for you.  Talk to your family doctor about what vaccines you need, and why.

 

Need Once or twice onlyNeed every yearNeed every 10 years
 
Shingles vaccineFlu vaccineTetanus booster
Pneumovax vaccine
Chicken pox vaccine
Meningococcal vaccine
MMR vaccine
Hepatitis vaccines
HPV vaccine

 

Information from  JCHC doctors and  http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/