Adult Vaccines – What You Need To Know

Adult Vaccines - What You Need To Know

Did you think you were done with vaccines because you’re an adult? Well, we have news for you. Even adults need vaccines at times, and for specific diseases; it also depends on your age, lifestyle, where you’re traveling to and so on. It’s always better to prevent diseases than treat them; vaccines can protect you and your loved ones from many serious diseases. Let’s take a look:

  • Seasonal influenza: This is recommended for all adults to escape the annoying symptoms associated with flu which occurs usually in fall or winter.
  • Chickenpox: If you’ve never had chickenpox, or only received one dose, you may need to get another shot – talk to your doctor.
  • Hepatitis A and B: You may have risk factors for either A or B Hepatitis; you can also get these vaccines as a safeguard.
  • Pertussis: If you had not received the Tdap vaccine previously, you need to protect yourself from whooping cough with this shot. Pregnant women are also advised to take this vaccine.
  • Tetanus and Diphtheria: After the Tdap vaccine, this must be taken once in every ten years.
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV): Women 26 or younger, and men 21 or younger need to take a vaccine to protect against this virus.
  • Shingles: Individuals over the age of 60 should get this one time dose to prevent the varicella zoster virus causing painful rashes on their bodies.
  • Meningococcal vaccine: For protection against meningococcal disease, it is recommended that all adults with certain medical conditions take this vaccine. Some people may need booster doses for their lifetime. There are different types of meningococcal vaccine, and the age of the patient, health condition and so on are considered when deciding which one to administer.
  • Pneumococcal vaccine: Adults over the age of 65 must take this vaccine, as also adults who are smokers, and/or under 65 with specific health conditions that put them at a risk for pneumonia, meningitis, sepsis, etc. There are two types of vaccines: conjugate and polysaccharide.
  • MMR: If you haven’t received a vaccine for protection against measles, mumps and rubella, and you were born after 1957, then you need to get a shot as soon as you can.

At Urgent care Germantown md, we believe that immunization is one of the safest and most prudent ways for you to protect the health of your family – and yourself. It’s just a few needle pricks that just last a few seconds; some vaccines can have side effects like a mild temperature rise for a day or two; but nothing severe, and they protect you from life threatening diseases.