Why do I need Vaccinations ?
Immunizations are not just for children. Protection from some childhood vaccines can wear off over time. You may also be at risk for vaccine-preventable disease due to your age, job, lifestyle, travel, or health conditions.
What Vaccines are Recommended for me ?
– All adults need a seasonal flu (influenza)vaccine every year. Flu vaccine is especially important for people with chronic health conditions, pregnant women, and older adults.
– Every adult should get the Tdapvaccine once if they did not receive it as an adolescent to protect against pertussis (whooping cough), and then a Td (tetanus, diphtheria) booster shot every 10 years. In addition, women should get the Tdap vaccine each time they are pregnant, preferably at 27 through 36 weeks.
Are there additional vaccines for young adults 19 – 26 years old ?
In addition to seasonal flu (influenza) vaccine and Td or Tdap vaccine (Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis), you should also get:
HPV vaccine : Protects against the human papillomaviruses that causes most cervical cancers, anal cancer, and genital warts. It is recommended for:
– women up to age 26 years
– men up to age 21 years
– men ages 22-26 who have sex with men
Meningitis vaccine : Some states require students entering colleges and universities to be vaccinated against certain diseases like meningitis due to increased risk among college students living in residential housing.
Talk with your doctor or other healthcare professional to find out which vaccines are recommended for you at your next medical appointment.
Are there additional vaccines for adults 60 years or older ?
In addition to seasonal flu (influenza)vaccine and Td or Tdap vaccine (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis), you should also get:
– Mococcal vaccines,which protect against pneumococcal disease, including infections in the lungsPneu and bloodstream (recommended for all adults over 65 years old, and for adults younger than 65 years who have certain chronic health conditions)
– Zoster vaccine,which protects against shingles (recommended for adults 60 years or older)
Talk with your doctor or other healthcare professional to find out which vaccines are recommended for you at your next medical appointment