Do You Have the Immunizations You Need?
Are immunizations important?
Some diseases, such as polio and diphtheria, have been in the United States for years and are rare mainly due to the use of vaccines. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that routine vaccinations for infants, children and adults may help ward off 17 preventable diseases. Vaccines are one of the best ways to keep your child and yourself healthy.
Different vaccines are recommended based on age and chronic conditions. Here is a quick rundown of vaccines recommended by the CDC based on age.
For children birth to age six the following vaccines are advised: Hepatitis A and B, Diphtheria/Tetanus/Acellular Pertussis (DTaP), Hib, Pneumococcal (PCV), Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR), Chickenpox (Varicella), Polio (IPV), along with the influenza (Flu). Recommended vaccines for children ages 7-18 are Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tdap), Human Papillomavirus (HPV), Influenza (Flu), and Meningococcal.
For adults under the age of 65, it is recommended to continue to get the flu vaccine each year and Tdap boosters every 10 years.
For adults aged 65 and older the CDC recommends the Tdap every 10 years, Influenza vaccine every year, the Shingles (Zoster) vaccine and two doses of Pneumococcal vaccine, one dose each year in two consecutive years.
These are routine vaccines recommended by the CDC guidelines. To determine which vaccines are best for you and your family, please speak with your family physician.
About the Author
Susan Kirks, RN, COHN is an Occupational Wellness Nurse with Cone Health Employee Health & Wellness