good time to see if you’re up to date on your shots.
because you’re an adult doesn’t mean you shouldn’t worry
about getting certain vaccinations. Besides influenza you also
may need a vaccination for pneumonia, shingles and more. Find
out how to stay on top of the vaccines recommended for adults.
VACCINES DO ADULTS NEED?
for adults are recommended based on age, prior vaccinations,
health, lifestyle, occupation and travel destinations. The
schedule is updated every year, and changes range from the
addition of a new vaccine to tweaks of current
recommendations. To help determine which vaccines you might
need now and which vaccines are coming up, check the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention’s website for a guide.
FACTORS MIGHT AFFECT MY VACCINE RECOMMENDATIONS?
factors can affect whether you need certain vaccines. Tell
your health care provider if you:
planning to travel abroad
had your spleen removed
in certain occupations where exposure to illnesses could occur
or might be pregnant
moderately or severely ill, or have a chronic illness
any severe allergies, including a serious allergic reaction to
a previous dose of a vaccine
had a disorder in which your body’s immune system attacks
your nerves, such as Guillain-Barre syndrome
a weakened immune system or are being treated with an
recently had another vaccine
recently had a transfusion or received other blood products
a personal or family history of seizures
doctor also might recommend certain vaccines based on your
sexual activity. Vaccinations can protect you from hepatitis A
and hepatitis B, serious liver infections that can spread
through sexual contact. The HPV vaccine is recommended for men
up to age 21 and women up to age 26.
this and other medical information on mayoclinic.org.