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My daughter is about to start kindergarten and we’re going through all paperwork and appointments to get her ready. We’ve also made sure she’s up-to-date on all her vaccines and immunizations so she won’t get sick or spread disease to others. It made me wonder: I haven’t gotten an immunization in years. Should I? Do adults need vaccine boosters?
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends certain vaccines for adults depending on age or health condition.
- Flu vaccine: Recommended yearly for adults.
- Tdap or Td (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis): 1 dose if you did not get it as a child or adult. A booster is recommended every 10 years and women should get 1 dose during every pregnancy.
- Shingles: 2 doses of the shingles RZV vaccine are recommended at age 50 years or older (preferred) or 1 dose of the shingles ZVL vaccine at age 60 years or older, even if you had shingles before.
- Pneumococcal vaccine: Recommended after age 65.
- MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella): Recommended if you were born 1957 or later and you did not get one as a child.
- HPV (human papillomavirus): Recommended for women through age 26 or for men through age 21.
- Chickenpox (varicella): Recommended for adults if you did not get it when you were a child.
Depending on your health condition, other vaccines may be recommended including meningococcal vaccine, hepatitis A or B, and Hib (Haemophilus influenzae type b).
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2018 Recommended Immunizations for Adults. 2018. 27 December 2018