Are You Up to Date on These Important Vaccinations?
Vaccines aren't just for kids. Adults must also keep their vaccines up to date to prevent dangerous diseases. Your primary care provider (PCP) will review your vaccination history and risk factors during your annual physical exam and may recommend immunizations, including:
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- COVID-19 vaccine or booster
- Flu vaccine
- Tdap vaccine: The Tdap vaccine is a combination vaccine for tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular (contains no cells) pertussis, or "whooping cough," and requires a booster for adults.
- Pneumonia vaccine: If you have asthma, are a smoker, or are older than 65, your PCP may recommend the pneumonia vaccine to prevent lung infections.
- Shingles vaccine: The shingles vaccine is recommended for adults 50 and older.
- Hepatitis B vaccine: If you have diabetes or another condition that affects your immune system, work in the health care field, or live in a group environment such as a nursing home, your doctor may recommend the hepatitis B vaccine.