Beth Battaglino Cahill: Hi! I'm Beth Battaglino Cahill, Executive Director of HealthyWomen. Immunizations are not just for kids, adults for all ages can benefit from regular immunizations. Here the ones that HealthyWomen suggests you discuss with your health care provider.
Tetanus. If you didn't receive a series of vaccines known as combined diphtheria-tetanus toxoids as a child you should receive this primary series. Thereafter, you should receive tetanus booster shots every 10 years.
Hepatitis A. This vaccine is recommended for adults who live, work, or travel in areas where Hepatitis A is endemic and periodic outbreaks occur. Military personnel, institutionalized persons, and those working in those institutions. Hepatitis B. All pregnant women should be screened for Hepatitis B at their first prenatal visit. The Hepatitis B vaccine is recommended for all adult at high risk for infection, which includes persons who inject drugs and their sexual partners. Anyone with the history of multiple sexual partners in the previous 6 months or some one who has recently acquired a sexually transmitted disease.
In addition individuals with a health related jobs with frequent exposure to blood or blood products and travelers to countries where Hepatitis B virus is of high concern should get this vaccine.
Measles - Mumps - Rubella. You usually get this vaccine as a small child. Check your medical records, if possible to see if you've had it. If not ask your health care professional for guidance. It's recommended for people age 18 and older who were born after 1956 and don't have a record of having it.
Varicella or Chickenpox. Most young children now get the chickenpox vaccine. It's also recommended for young adults in college settings who haven't been previously vaccinated.
Meningococcal, a vaccine that prevents several strains of meningitis is available. It's recommended for young adults in high school and college settings who did receive it as a preadolescent.
Influenza. Discuss having a yearly influenza vaccine with your health care provider, especially if you are in the high risk category.
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