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Are Your Vaccinations Up to Date? 

Adults may need more than an annual flu immunization to stay healthy and reduce the chance of spreading illness to others. 

"You can't rely on childhood vaccinations to protect you for your entire life," said Beverly Salate, RN, director of wellness/preventative health for VNA Care. "Sometimes, immunity fades, and newer vaccines may not have been around when adults were kids."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend all adults receive: 

  • Influenza vaccine yearly
  • Td vaccine (tetanus) every decade
  • Tdap vaccine (tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough) once instead of Td vaccine (It is recommended that women receive the Tdap vaccine for each pregnancy.)

Your doctor may recommend additional vaccinations depending on your age, travel, health conditions like diabetes and heart disease, lifestyle, and career. These may include: 

  • Shingles
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Pneumococcal disease (Pneumonia)
  • Meningococcal disease (Meningitis)  
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Chickenpox
  • Measles, mumps, and rubella

Learn more about adult vaccinations and take a quiz to see which ones you may need by visiting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

This information is intended for educational purposes only. For medical advice, please contact your health care provider.  

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