Adult Vaccinations Questions and Answers
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What vaccines should adults routinely receive?
Vaccines provide protection for people of all ages against preventable diseases. Most people are vaccinated against a number of serious, potentially life-threatening diseases starting as babies and continuing with a regular vaccination schedule through childhood and into adolescence. While some vaccines provide full protection from the course of immunizations received early in life, other vaccines will require additional boosters or regular updates throughout adulthood. Adults are recommended to get a Tdap vaccine once during adulthood if they didn’t receive it as an adolescent to provide protection against whooping cough, or pertussis. All adults are recommended to receive a Td booster shot every 10 years to provide protection against tetanus and diphtheria. Pregnant women should get a Tdap vaccine during each pregnancy, usually between 27 and 36 weeks. Additionally, adults should get a seasonal flu, or influenza, vaccine every year, particularly if they have chronic health conditions, are pregnant or are older and have a higher risk of serious complications from the flu.
What vaccinations do you need throughout your life?
The Center for Disease Control has a schedule of recommended immunizations for people to receive throughout their life, from birth through to adulthood. Most vaccinations are given at a very young age to provide protection against serious, potentially life-threatening illnesses and diseases. Vaccinations have allowed developed countries to eradicate deadly illnesses from the general population with only very rare instances of them occurring. As children, we receive vaccinations against chickenpox, diphtheria, Hib, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, measles, mumps, rubella, pertussis or whooping cough, polio, pneumococcal, rotavirus and tetanus. Some of these vaccines are combined to reduce the number of overall vaccines needed, for example the MMR vaccine combines measles, mumps and rubella and TDaP combines diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis. In adolescence, we will get the meningococcal vaccine as well as the human papillomavirus. As adults we will need boosters at a frequency of every 10 years for continued protection against tetanus. The seasonal flu, or influenza, vaccine is recommended for patients of all ages but is an optional vaccine.
How do I know if I’m up to date on vaccinations?
All individuals have a unique health identification number assigned to them at birth that they will carry with them through their life. They will need to use this number any time they visit a doctor, fill a prescription or have any treatment done that is medical in nature. This allows for complete and accurate medical records to be kept on everyone so when someone sees a new doctor through a walk-in clinic, urgent care or emergency room for treatment, the doctor will be able to see important information about a patient such as allergies, particularly severe ones, pre-existing medical conditions being treated and what vaccines they have had. Most adults probably couldn’t identify when they last had a tetanus shot because its only needed every 10 years. Their doctor can tell them though by looking at their medical history. This will also let doctors know if there are any other vaccines outstanding that the patient missed for one reason or another during the course of their life. Vaccines can be given at any age, so if one was missed as a child, it can easily be given later in life.
What are the most important vaccines?
The most important vaccines are the ones that are provided to young children to protect against serious illness, and even death, if contracted. Schools will often require proof of vaccinations in order for your child to be registered for school or provide proof that they are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons. Vaccines provide protection not only to the people who receive them but also to those who are immunocompromised and unable to be vaccinated through herd immunity. The most important vaccines that everyone should be given are the varicella vaccine to protect from chickenpox, rotavirus vaccine, hepatitis A vaccine, meningococcal vaccine, human papillomavirus vaccine, DTaP vaccine for protection against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, and MMR vaccine for protection against measles, mumps and rubella.
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