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Do Adults Need Vaccinations?

May 16, 2013
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Do adults need vaccinations? That’s a great question. This week the Disability Living blog has been discussing vaccinations — what they are, how they are made, and why we need them. We have blogged about why infants, children, and teens need vaccinations for good health. But adults need vaccines too. Continue reading to discover how you can protect your health with vaccines.

Do adults need to be vaccinated?

Do adults require vaccinations for good health? Yes, some adults may need regular vaccinations to stay as healthy as possible. For example, it is advisable to get a tetanus shot every 10 years. Most adults are recommended to get a flu shot each year. These are practical ways that vaccines can be utilized to protect and maintain health. But there are other types of vaccinations that can be helpful to adults.

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What types of vaccines do adults need?

It’s difficult to say what vaccinations are right for adults. After all, everyone has different medical needs. However, there are several vaccines that are commonly given to adults, to help protect their health. Here are just a few of those vaccines:

– Influenza
– Tetanus (ask your doctor to help you determine when you received your last tetanus shot)
– Varicella
– Human papillomavirus (Even adults can be vaccinated against HPV)
– Measles, mumps, rubella
– Hepatitis A
– Hepatitis B
– Meningococcal vaccine

Read more about the vaccinations mentioned above by visiting http://www.vaccines.gov/who_and_when/adults/index.html (here you will find a vaccine schedule for adults). Also, keep in mind that your doctor might recommend other vaccines you may benefit from.

Are you an adult who needs to catch up on vaccines?

After reviewing the vaccine schedule for adults (http://www.vaccines.gov/who_and_when/adults/index.html), have you found that you are behind on vaccines? If so, please discuss this with your doctor as soon as you can. Remember, you only get one body, so do everything in your power to keep it healthy.

Note: You can discover what vaccines you need by visiting http://www2.cdc.gov/nip/adultimmsched/ and taking a quiz.

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