Vaccinations for adults and children are a hot topic of debate, but this
discussion will present only the viewpoint and
recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The oversight
agency advocates certain immunizations for all adults and additional ones
for various segments of the populace. You can discover what you need to
know in the summary below.
Adults – particularly seniors and those with chronic health disorders
– should get a seasonal flu vaccine each year. They also should
receive a Tdap inoculation if they missed it in adolescence as well as
a Td booster shot every 10 years. The Tdap vaccine protects against pertussis,
while the Td protects against tetanus and diphtheria.
Adults Over the Age of 60
In addition to the above vaccines, seniors should get the pneumonia vaccine
and the Zoster vaccine, which immunizes against shingles. For more information
about the latter inoculation, see
CDC Recommends Shingles Vaccine for Most Adults Over 60 Years of Age.
The duties of some healthcare workers put them at risk for deadly illnesses.
Although the advised vaccines will depend on various factors, possibilities
include hepatitis B and chickenpox along with mumps, measles and rubella.
Those who work with patients who have meningitis should get one dose of
People traveling out of the U.S. should have all the standard vaccinations.
They should also visit the
CDC Travel page to see what other inoculations authorities recommend for their destination country.
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