Adults need vaccinations just as much as children. While you receive the majority of your vaccinations in childhood, the following are shots you may receive as an adult:
- Flu: “We recommend an annual flu shot for everyone, but particularly for adults older than 50, those with heart or lung disease or diabetes, and those who work in healthcare,” says Kimberly A. Keser, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, family nurse practitioner and Saint Francis Medical Partner. “You can receive a flu shot any time between October and February.”
- Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Td/Tdap): You should receive a booster every 10 years.
- Human papillomavirus (HPV): This set of shots is given to males and females ages 11 to 26.
- Pneumococcal: This is commonly given to adults 65 and older who smoke or live in nursing homes or those younger with certain conditions.
- Hepatitis A and B: These are given to adults with certain medical conditions.
- Zostavax: The shingles shot is recommended for adults 60 and older.
For more information, call 573-331-3000.