Adult Immunization Schedule

ImmunizParents, adults, below is the 2013 immunization schedule for adults in the USA.  If you are healthy without special risk factors, the main things to be thinking about are:

Tdap- If you haven’t had a tetanus booster in 10 years or if you will be around an infant, get this vaccine.

Influenza- This is now annually recommended for all age groups above age 6 months. Influenza is most deadly to newborns, pregnant women, and the very elderly.  You may choose to get this vaccine to help protect loved ones that are in these higher risk groups.

Varicella (Chickenpox)- This illness can be more severe when you are older.  I suggest you get your varicella titer drawn (blood test) and get the vaccine if you are not immune.

HPV  (Human Papiloma Virus)- A 3 shot series to prevent genital warts and, for women, cervical cancer. This is recommended for males up to age 21, and females to age 26. If you were leaving a monogamous relationship and entering the dating scene after these cut-offs, this still makes sense but may not be covered by insurance.

MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)- There is very good, lasting immunity from just one of these vaccines, so most adults are protected.  You can do a titers (blood draw) test to find out.

Vaccines for Hepatitis A and B, Meningococcal and Pneumococcal are important for special circumstances.  Click here for more details

Dr. Paul

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