Vaccines and Immunizations are not just for children. Did you know that there are certain vaccines which are specifically developed for adults? Adults may also be at risk for vaccine-preventable disease due to age, occupation, lifestyle, travel or health concerns. Consult with your physician regarding vaccines or immunizations which may be important for your health at your particular age, lifestyle or health status. Here are some important vaccines:
- Seasonal flu (influenza) vaccine, particularly important for people with chronic health conditions, pregnant women and older adults;
- Tdap vaccine, especially important if not received as a child or adolescent to protect agains whooping cough, tetanus and diphtheria. A booster shot (Td) is required every 10 years;
- Hepatitis A and B vaccines;
- Shingrix to prevent shingles;
- Pneumococcal vaccine to prevent a serious form of pneumonia;
These are only a few of the many vaccines which can be important to your health. For more information, please go to the US Center of Disease Control website: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/adults/rec-vac/index.html.