About Adult Vaccines

By Dr. Coco

March 8, 2023

Adults of all ages should consider getting vaccinated against preventable diseases, even if they’ve already been immunized as a child. Vaccines are an important part of preventive health care, helping to protect us from serious illnesses and complications. As adults, we are more likely to come into contact with people who may be carrying infectious diseases, making it even more important for us to stay up-to-date with our vaccinations.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all adults receive a yearly flu vaccine and other vaccines depending on age, health conditions, job, lifestyle and travel habits. This includes the tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (Tdap), human papillomavirus (HPV), shingles (Zoster), pneumococcal disease (Pneumovax) and hepatitis A and B vaccines. Vaccines can also protect against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), meningococcal disease (Menactra) and varicella (Chickenpox).

In addition to protecting yourself from illness, staying up-to-date with your adult vaccinations can help protect those around you who may be vulnerable to certain diseases due to their age or medical condition. For example, the Tdap vaccine helps protect pregnant women from pertussis by preventing them from passing the infection onto their unborn baby. The HPV vaccine also helps reduce the risk of cervical cancer in women by protecting them against types of HPV that cause cancer.

It’s important to talk to your doctor about which vaccines you need based on your individual needs. Your doctor can also provide advice on how often you should get vaccinated and when it is safe for you to receive certain vaccines. Some vaccines are only recommended for adults over a certain age or those with specific medical conditions – make sure you discuss this information with your doctor before receiving any vaccinations.

Finally, some people may have concerns about the safety of adult vaccinations – but rest assured that most vaccines are very safe and effective at protecting against serious illnesses. The CDC closely monitors all vaccines for safety before they are made available to the public; any potential side effects are usually mild and temporary such as soreness where the shot was given or a fever after receiving a live virus vaccine like MMR or Varicella.

Overall, adult vaccinations play an essential role in maintaining good health throughout adulthood – so make sure you talk to your doctor about what vaccines you need based on your individual needs!