November 2014 Adults need Vaccinations too!
Getting immunized is a lifelong, life-protecting job. Don't leave your healthcare provider's office without making sure you've had all the vaccinations you need.
Vaccines you do need:
Influenza : A dose every fall or winter is recommended for your protection and for the protection of others around you. New England's official flu season is March, but we have seen cases earlier.
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Tetanus, diphtheria, whooping cough (Pertussis) aka Tdap/Td : All adults need to get Tdap vaccine (adult whooping cough) and women need to get a dose during each pregnancy. It is recommended that adult family members receive a booster if they are going to be caring for newborn. After that, you need a Td booster dose every 10 years. Consult your health care provider if you haven't had at least 3 tetanus and diphtheria shots sometime in your life or have a deep/dirty wound or bite from a human or animal that has broken the skin.
Vaccines you may need but this is a discussion you have with your provider to see if these are warranted:
Pneumococcal (PPSV23, PCV13): You may need a dose at age of 65 years or older, if you have not received this vaccination when you younger than 60. You need 1-2 doses if you smoke cigarettes or have certain chronic health conditions.
Zoster (shingles): If you are age 60 years or older, you should get a 1 time dose of this vaccine.
Hepatitis A: If you have a specific risk factor for Hepatitis A viral infection; consult with your provider.
Traveling outside of the USA, you may need additional vaccines. The CDC website can suggest recommended vaccines for the areas of travel.