October 3, 2011
With another flu season approaching, it is important to remember that immunizations are NOT just for kids. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) everyone needs immunizations to remain healthy. So what vaccines do adults need? The CDC says your need is determined by “factors such as your age, lifestyle, high-risk conditions, type and locations of travel, and previous immunizations.” Here is a list of vaccines recommended for all adults who do not have a specific contraindication:
- Seasonal influenza (flu) (In general, anyone who is 6 months or older can benefit from the protection of a flu vaccination.)
- Tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough) (for adults up to 64 years, one booster dose)
- Shingles (for adults 60 years and older)
- Pneumococcal disease (for adults 65 years and older and adults with specific health conditions)
- Human papillomavirus (HPV) infection (for women 26 years and younger)
- Other vaccinations you may need include those that protect against hepatitis A, hepatitis B, chickenpox (varicella), and measles, mumps and rubella.
Additional vaccines may be recommended for international travelers.Every Monday, the Johns Hopkins Healthy Monday Project, part of the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, offers tips for preventing disease and injury, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Check back each week for new tips or visit our archive.