Wednesday, November 25, 2009

A Checklist of Vaccinations to Keep You Healthy

Earlier this week, I was talking about the fact that many adults forget to get booster shots for the immunizations that they had years ago. I came across a complete list of recommended vaccinations that I thought I would share with you. It’s at

Here’s some of the vaccines every adult should have, with a schedule of when they should get them and how often:

  • Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis - Booster of Td every 10 years from age 19-65+
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV) for women - 3 doses between ages 19-26
  • Varicella (chicken pox) - 2 doses between ages19-65+
  • Zoster (shingles) - 1 dose for ages 60+
  • Measles - 1 or 2 doses between ages 19-50 yr, 1 dose after age 50
  • Influenza - 1 dose annually
  • Pneumococcal - 1 dose ages 65+
  • Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Meningococcal - based on medical and occupational risk factors
Don’t forget to follow the advice of your physician when it comes to both vaccinations and boosters.

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