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 Physicians Park Primary Care and Immediate Convenient Care . “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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