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According to the CDC, there are multiple vaccinations that adults can consider depending on their risk factor and life decisions (e.g., international travel):
- Tdap (all adults, 1 dose for life)
- Zoster Vaccine (adults 65 and older)
- Tetanus-Diphtheria Vaccine (all adults, every 10 years)
- Influenza (Flu) Vaccine (adults 50 and older)
- Pneumococcal Vaccine (adults 65 and older)
- Hepatitis B Vaccine (adults at risk)
- Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) Vaccine (susceptible adults)
- Varicella (chickenpox) Vaccine (susceptible adults)
- Vaccines for travelers (see CDC travel web site for specifics)
It is incorrect to assume that the immunizations that you received as a child will protect you as an adult. Some adults were never vaccinated and some new vaccines have been developed since you were a child. In addition, immunity can fade and we can become more susceptible to serious diseases as we age. Talk to your primary care provider about vaccination options based on your risk factors. Why battle a disease that you could have prevented in the first place?
There are just a few resources in Yakima County for Travel Medicine. You can visit your primary care provider to determine which shots and medication may be available at your providers office or local pharmacy. If you provider cannot give you what they have prescribed to you, you may have to visit the Travel Medicine Clinic at Central Washington Family Medicine. They can be reached at 509.452.4520. Please also see the link below to the CDC’s Travel Medicine Webpage, the most comprehensive online information available regarding travel medicine.
Adult Immunization Resources
- What Vaccines Do YOU Need? – This 30-second questionnaire quizzes you on risk factors and provides you with a printable list of immunizations based on your answers to discuss with your primary care provider.
- Adult Immunization Form – This form allows you to keep track of your adult immunizations. It is vital to keep a record to reduce the chance of repeat vaccinations. In addition, this allows you to have a personal record in case you change providers.
- CDC Traveler’s Health Website – This website has the most comprehensive information available about travel immunizations.