Are You Up-to-Date on Your Vaccines?

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Published on April 11, 2018

Are You Up-to-Date on Your Vaccines?

photo of a doctor talking to a married couple

photo of a doctor talking to a married coupleAdults may be under the impression that annual immunizations no longer apply to them. But, immunizations don’t end when you become an adult. Childhood vaccinations can wear off and you may be at risk for new and different diseases. And, vaccines may change over the years or maybe weren’t available when you were a child. It’s important to be up-to-date on your vaccines.

The specific immunizations you need as an adult are determined by factors such as your age, lifestyle, health conditions, travel, and previous immunizations.

Throughout your adult life, you need immunizations for protection against:

  • Seasonal influenza (flu) for all adults
  • Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough) for all adults who have not previously received a Tdap vaccine
  • Shingrix for adults 50 years and above or Shingles for adults 60 years and older
  • Pneumococcal for adults 65 years and older and adults with risk conditions
  • Hepatitis B for adults who have diabetes or are at risk
  • Other vaccinations you may need include those that protect against HPV (human papillomavirus, which can cause certain cancers), hepatitis A, meningococcal disease, chickenpox (varicella), and measles, mumps, and rubella.

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The information in Healthy Living Online is for educational purposes only.  It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.  The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation, or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.