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Once you become an adult, you don't need vaccines anymore.
You never outgrow your need for vaccines. There are some vaccines you only need as an adult – the shingles vaccine, for example. However, many vaccines needed as an adult are boosters of vaccines received when you were younger or as a child.
People don't die from things like the flu or meningitis anymore.
Each year, an average of 50,000 adult Americans die from vaccine-preventable diseases or their complications. An average of 36,000 Americans die each year from seasonal flu complications.
Everyone needs a tetanus booster every ten years.
Everyone needs a tetanus–containing vaccine every ten years. It is recommended that one of these doses be Tdap, which has a vaccine against pertussis or whooping cough. Consult your healthcare provider if you get a deep or dirty wound.
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is very common and causes cervical cancer.
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States. Since the 1990s, studies have shown a consistent association between HPV and cervical cancer. An HPV vaccine is available and recommended for females ages 11 – 26 and for males ages 9 – 26.
Vaccines are as important to your overall health as diet and exercise.
Vaccines help to keep everyone safe from vaccine-preventable diseases.
If you had all your vaccines as a child, you don't need to get any more.
Vaccines are now available that may not have been available when you were a child. Some, like the flu vaccine, should be taken every year. Plus, the protection you get from childhood vaccines can decrease over time.
If you travel outside the country, you may need additional vaccines.
Talk to your healthcare provider about your travel plans to find out what vaccines you may need.
Varicella is the same thing as chickenpox.
The disease we call "chickenpox" is caused by the varicella zoster virus. This virus can also cause shingles in adults who had chickenpox.
Certain vaccines are especially recommended for those 60 and older.
Each year, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) reviews the recommended adult immunization schedule to ensure the schedule reflects current recommendations for the licensed vaccines.
Persons over 60 years old should get the zoster (or shingles) vaccine. The pneumococcal vaccine is recommended for those over 65 years old who've never received it. Due to the risk of more serious complications as they age, older people should be especially careful to stay current on these vaccines, along with those for tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis
Check with your doctor to see if you are able to get the vaccine. You may need to be screened for certain conditions.
Sometimes, you can get a disease from the vaccine that's supposed to prevent it.
Some vaccines contain killed viruses, and it's impossible to get the disease from vaccines. Other vaccines have live viruses that are specifically weakened, so they cause the immune system to respond without actually causing the disease.
It's important to keep a record of the vaccines you've received, even as an adult.
Keeping an accurate record of your vaccines helps you and your healthcare provider make sure you're following the recommended immunization schedule. Plus, if you move or change healthcare providers, your immunization record helps keep you from repeating vaccines unnecessarily.
ImmTrac is a secure and confidential electronic way of keeping track of my vaccine/immunization records?
ImmTrac, the Texas Immunization Registry, is a lifetime registry available to all Texans. It is a free, secure, and confidential service from the Texas Department of State Health Services. It makes it easy for you to get a list of what vaccines you have already had and your provider can determine what vaccines you still need.
Sometimes you can get several vaccines in one injection.
For example, the MMR vaccine provides immunity against measles, mumps, and rubella.
If you had chickenpox as a child, you are immune to getting shingles as an adult.
If you ever had chickenpox, the virus (varicella zoster) is still in your body in a dormant or inactive state. The virus can reactivate years later and cause you to have shingles.