Immunizations for Adults



Yes, you read correctly! No typo here. Immunizations don’t end when you become an adult. The purpose of vaccines is to save lives by preventing life threatening illness or to provide protection against a serious illness that may have long-term effects. Each year the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) reviews the recommended vaccine schedule, revising it as necessary, to provide the public with a new and improved list of recommended vaccines. The summaries of changes from 2014 were published in February 2015. Following is a list of vaccines recommended for adults by the Centers for Disease Control:

Influenza (flu):

The flu is a viral infection affecting the respiratory system and may lead to serious or life threatening complications.
The vaccine is recommended for all adults, ideally yearly around the month of September.

Pneumococcal Disease:

Potentially serious infection caused by a type of bacteria taking various forms such as pneumonia or meningitis.
Recommended for ages 65 and older or if you have a chronic illness, weak immune system or your spleen has been removed.
Can be administered any time, just ask your doctor.

Shingles (herpes zoster):

Anyone who has recovered from the chickenpox might develop shingles.
Obtain this vaccine if over age 60.

Human Papillomavirus (HPV):

Genital HPV is a common sexually transmitted infection that may lead to cervical cancer.
Obtain this vaccine if you are female age 26 or younger or male age 21 or younger and did not get this vaccine as an adolescent.

The following is a list of vaccines that are recommended by the CDC. Most people should have received these vaccines during childhood, but if you are unsure or haven’t received them, please contact your health care provider:

  • Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis: childhood, but need a booster every 10 years
  • Varicella: need proof of illness or vaccination
  • Measles, mumps, rubella
  • Meningitis: usually prior to college, but might need if traveling out of the country
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Haemophilus influenza type B (Hib)

For more information about vaccinations for adults and children visit CDC.gov, AdultVaccination.org, MayoClinic.com or visit with your personal health care provider.

Melanie Yunger is a local wife, mom and nurse practitioner who received a flu shot this year.

 

As always, please consult your health care provider with any questions or concerns.

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