Adults should verify which shots they need as they age
Most people associate vaccinations with children. And it’s true, as children grow, vaccines are extremely important. Vaccines aren’t just for kids though. Do you know that vaccines are just as important for adults?
Some of the shots we get as children wear off as we age. This means you may be at risk of contracting different strains or new diseases. No matter your age, you need shots to protect yourself from serious and deadly diseases.
We created a list of some of the vaccinations you should consider receiving as you age.
- Every year you should get the flu shot – no matter your age.
- Tdap or tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine. You must get a Td booster shot every 10 years.
- MMR or measles-mumps-rubella vaccine. Many universities require this vaccination before students may enter school. Some individuals don’t gain an immunity, which can cause issues during pregnancy. Ensure you and your child’s safety by getting the MMR vaccination before becoming pregnant.
Adults over 60 years old
- Shingles vaccine. Even if you previously had shingles, you should get the vaccination to prevent future cases. The risk of getting shingles increases as you age because it impacts individuals with a weakened immune system due to stress or injuries.
- Pneumococcal vaccine. This vaccination can help prevent pneumonia.
Other vaccines to consider
- Meningococcal vaccine. We recommend this vaccination for teens and college-aged students.
- Hepatitis A and B vaccines. Consider having these vaccinations if you’re traveling outside the country or plan to in the future.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers a short survey to help you determine which vaccines you need as an adult. Bring a printout of the results when you visit Velocity Care’s walk-in clinic, and we will ensure that you receive all necessary vaccinations. Visit any of our Arkansas or Louisiana locations for all your medical needs with little to no wait today.
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