Immunization is not just for children! August is National Immunization Awareness Month and it’s important that adults keep track of what vaccines need to be readministered later in life.
The effectiveness of your childhood vaccinations can diminish over time, and you may be at risk for new and different diseases as you age. Recommended vaccines change over the years, and certain vaccines may not have been available when you were a child. This is especially important if you are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant.
Make sure you talk to your doctor about vaccines the next time you’re in for a checkup. Take this list with you.
- Flu vaccination- This should be renewed annually.
- Tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis- Boosters needed every 10 years.
- HPV: Human papilloma virus vaccine (ages 18-26)- This is a series of 3 HPV shots.
- Varicella vaccine- For those born after 1980 and have not had the chickenpox.
- Meningitis vaccine- The best time to get this shot is prior to college admission.
- Hepatitis B series- This is recommended if you have not already received these in childhood.
- Hepatitis A- This is a 2 shot series recommended for those traveling or at risk.
- Pneumococcal shot- This is warranted if you suffer chronic health problems.