Immunizations for Adults

Immunizations for Adults

You Are Never Too Old To Get Immunized!

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19-49 years

50-64 years

65 years and older

Hepatitis A (HepA)

Hepatitis A is a serious liver disease that is spread through close personal contact with a person that has hepatitis A or from ingestion of contaminated food and water. You need this vaccine if you have a specific risk factor for hepatitis A virus infection* or you simply wish to be protected from this disease. The vaccine is usually given as 2 doses, 6 months apart.

Hepatitis B (HepB)

Hepatitis B is a serious liver disease that is spread through contact with the blood or body fluids of an infected person. You need this vaccine if you have a specific risk factor for hepatitis B virus infection* or you simply wish to be protected from this disease. The vaccine is given as a 3-dose series (dose #1 now, followed by dose #2 in 1 month, and dose #3, usually given 5 months later).

Human papillomavirus
(HPV)

You need this vaccine if you are a woman who is age 26 years or younger. The vaccine is given in 3 doses over 6 months. HPV vaccine can prevent most genital warts and most cases of cervical cancer.    

Influenza

Given yearly in the fall to anyone wanting to avoid getting influenza or spreading it to others. You need a dose every fall (or winter).

Meningococcal

If you are a young adult going to college and plan to live in a dormitory, you need to get vaccinated against meningococcal disease. People with certain medical conditions such as a damaged spleen should also receive this vaccine.*

Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)

Two doses one month apart are recommended for adults born in 1957 and later if immunity cannot be proven. Most people born before 1957 are likely to be immune and need not to be immunized.

Pneumococcal

You need one dose if you have conditions that put you at risk such as: spleen removal or dysfunction, HIV or AIDs, compromised immune system (cancer, chemo, radiation), or chronic illnesses (asthma, heart disease, or diabetes) You need 1 dose at age 65 (or older) if you’ve never been vaccinated. If five or more years have passed since your last dose of pneumococcal and your health care provider recommends a booster, you need to bring a prescription from you health care provider for CCHD to vaccinate you. Can be given any time of the year.
Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Td, Tdap) If you haven’t had at least 3 tetanus-and-diphtheria-containing shots sometime in your life, you need to get them now. Start with dose #1, followed by dose #2 in 1 month, and dose #3 in 6 months. All adults need Td booster doses every 10 years. If dirty injury or overseas travel, booster should be given if greater than 5 years since last dose. If you’re younger than age 65 years and haven’t had pertussis-containing vaccine as an adult, one of the doses that you receive should have pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine in it-known as Tdap.

Varicella (Chickenpox)

If you’ve never had chickenpox or you were vaccinated but only received 1 dose, you should receive two doses total.

Zoster (shingles)

    Shingles is a painful skin rash. If you are age 60 years or older, you should get this vaccine now.

*Consult your health care provider to determine your level of risk for infection and your need for this vaccine.