Understanding Adult Immunizations

June 01, 2013

School requirements and pediatric checkups help keep your kids on track with childhood immunizations. But what about you? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, adults should talk to their healthcare provider about these vaccines:

  • Influenza
  • Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Td/Tdap)
  • Varicella (chickenpox)
  • HPV
  • Zoster (shingles)
  • Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)
  • Pneumococcal
  • Meningococcal
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B

Depending on your age and health history, your immunization schedule will vary. “If you keep up with adult immunizations, you may prevent some diseases entirely or limit the severity of infection if it does strike,” says Michael Sanchez, MD, an internal medicine specialist on staff with Providence Holy Cross Medical Center.