Americans receive the majority of their vaccinations in childhood, but there are several vaccinations adults should receive as well:
- Influenza: “All adults need a flu shot every year,” says Matthew J. Riffle, MD, internal medicine physician at Saint Francis Clinic Poplar Bluff. “The best time to receive your flu shot is in the fall so you have protection all winter.”
- Td (tetanus and diphtheria): While children receive these shots as part of their regular immunizations, adults need a Td booster every 10 years. Pregnant women need one shot of Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) to protect them from infections.
- HPV (human papillomavirus): If a woman younger than 26 has not previously been vaccinated against HPV, she should receive this vaccination in a three-dose series.
- Zoster (shingles): “All adults older than 60 should receive this vaccination,” says Riffle. “It offers a 50 percent protection from shingles.”
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