Vaccine preventable diseases can affect everyone. You may think you are not at risk; but everyone is. Each year thousands of adults in the US suffer from conditions which a vaccine could have prevented. Many are hospitalized; some even die.
Adult vaccines include: flu, tetanus diptheria/pertussis (Td/Tdap), HPV for both men and women, shingles, and pneumonia.
The flu shot is needed every year because the virus changes. It is best to get this vaccine in mid to late October or early November. Td/Tdap..you need Tdap once in your adult life and then a Td every 10 years. HPV should be taken before the age of 25 to prevent genital warts and cervical cancer. Zoster or shingles vaccine is for anyone over the age of 60 who had chicken pox. Pneumonia vaccine should be given after the age of 65.
If you have certain diseases like diabetes, heart disease, asthma or COPD, you may need to get the Shingles and Pneumonia vaccine at an earlier age. You should ask your provider when you are seen.
There are also some travel vaccines to consider depending on your destination. Set up an appointment with your provider at least 6 weeks before travel. Go to www.cdc.gov/travel to find out if you need any vaccines.
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