What Vaccines Should I Get As An Adult?

Categories: Blog, Health Check

Children aren’t the only ones who should be following a timeline of vaccinations while growing up- big kids need them occasionally, too!

Aside from your annual flu shot every fall (critical for the young, elderly, and pregnant – or those who have regular contact with the aforementioned) it is important to consider what vaccines should make the cut (pinch?) as you navigate potential health issues that occur with age.

Ages 19-26

The CDC recommends that adults between the ages of 19-26 years old acquire the HPV vaccine, which can protect both men and women from cancer causing strains of the Human Papilloma Virus of the cervix or anus, as well as genital warts. It is important to understand that birth control and condom use does not sufficiently protect from HPV transmission.

Some colleges and universities also require a meningitis vaccine for students in a residential setting.

Women Who Are Pregnant

Women who are pregnant should protect themselves from the flu and whooping cough by receiving the flu shot in the fall of their pregnancy and the Tdap vaccine between the second and third trimester. Be sure to discuss further recommended vaccination options with your ob-gyn.

Ages 60+

Shingles affects roughly 1 million adults every year, adults over 60 accounting for half of those afflicted. In addition to your regular flu shot and Tdap, it is recommended that adults in this age range receive one dose of the Zoster vaccine.

Pneumococcal vaccines will further help protect adults over the age of 65 against pneumococcal disease.

If you are a healthcare worker, recent immigrant or travel overseas regularly, discuss further vaccination options with your primary care physician.

Vaccines are safe and vital for your health – and the health of your community. Those with the following conditions that may exempt them from acquiring certain vaccinations should discuss their options with their physician.

References:
Center for Disease Control. Vaccine Information For Adults. Accessed 2/14/17.

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