Think the need for immunizations ends when we graduate grade school? Think again! The need for immunizations continues throughout adulthood, including boosters for some of the vaccinations you received as a child. For instance, the Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) vaccine should be “boosted” every ten years. If you were born after 1957, have no documentation of receiving the vaccine or having an infection of the diseases, you should also receive 1-2 more doses of the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine before reaching your 60’s. Of course, there’s also the flu vaccine which everyone should receive annually no matter your age.
People who are at a higher risk of infection, as well as older adults, may be recommended for a number of immunizations including vaccines that protect against meningococcal meningitis, pneumonia, and hepatitis. People who are not necessarily at a higher risk for hepatitis B may also request this vaccine.
To view a complete list of adult immunizations and a detailed schedule of when to get them, click here to read this article by the Centers for Disease Control. If you think you are in need of a booster or immunization, dial 662-348-3342 to request an appointment with EliteCare now.