What are the Recommendations for Adult Vaccinations?

Adult vaccinations are very important, both to keep up with childhood vaccinations to ensure that they remain effective, and to vaccinate for diseases which some adults may not have been vaccinated against. The recommendations for adult vaccinations vary, depending on the immunization records of the adult, and where he or she lives; as a general rule, it is a good idea to consult a doctor about adult immunizations. Furthermore, some vaccines are contraindicated for certain medical conditions, so always disclose your medical history when receiving vaccines.

For several diseases, adult vaccinations are recommended for those who have not yet been vaccinated. These diseases include the human papilloma virus (HPV), along with meningoccocal disease, and hepatitis A and B. All of these conditions are fully preventable through vaccinations. For some adults, the tuberculosis vaccine is also recommended, and for those who have not yet had chicken pox, the varicella vaccine should be administered, as adult chicken pox is very unpleasant.

For certain diseases, routine re-vaccination is necessary to keep the level of antibodies up. Measles, mumps, and rubella are offered as a combination vaccine in childhood, and this vaccine should be administered again one to two times between the ages of 19 and 50, and again in the elderly. It is also important to keep up with the diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (DTP) vaccine, which should be given every 10 years.


In all adults, an annual influenza vaccine is advised, especially for the elderly, and the elderly should also be vaccinated against pneumococcal pneumonia. By keeping up with these basic adult vaccinations, people will ensure that they do not fall sick or die from diseases that could have been prevented, and they will also help to contribute to an overall decline in instances of these diseases, through a process known as herd immunity. Being vaccinated as an adult, in other words, doesn't just help you, it also helps your community as a whole.

In addition to these basic adult vaccinations, travel shots are recommended for adults who travel. Some countries actually require specific vaccinations, while others publish lists of recommended vaccines which visitors are strongly encouraged to receive. If you are planning a trip, especially to the developing world, you should consult your doctor to find out about recommended travel shots.



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