Vaccines are in the news right now, but that makes it easy for important immunization information to flow into one ear and out the other.
Vaccines protect children and adults from dangerous diseases. Some vaccines have allowed us to completely eradicate a disease, so long as enough people get their immunization. So what vaccines do you need and when should you receive them?
Did you know some vaccines are recommended before and during pregnancy?
- Get your MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine at least one month before pregnancy
- Your doctor will advise you to get your Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) shot during your third trimester
- A seasonal flu shot is recommended once a year, pregnant or not.
The first two years are filled with wellness checkups and recommended vaccines. These immunizations help build your child’s immune system.
- Chickenpox vaccine
- Hib (Haemophilus influenza type b) vaccine
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- PCV13 (Pneumococcal) vaccine
- Polio vaccine
- Rotavirus vaccine
Grade School Kids
Additional doses of some vaccines are recommended for 3 to 6-year-olds.
- Polio vaccine
You can’t protect your teen from puberty, heartbreak, or acne, but you can help protect them from disease with these immunizations.
- HPV (Human papillomavirus) vaccine
- Meningococcal conjugate vaccine
- Serogroup B meningococcal vaccine
As an adult, you might think you’re out of the woods when it comes to shots, but there are a handful of immunizations needed to keep you healthy.
- Don’t forget your yearly flu shot!
- Get your Td vaccine every 10 years
- Adults over 50 should get their shingles vaccine
- Talk with your doctor about other recommended immunizations
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