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Your Best Shot 

Adult Immunizations: Vaccines Aren’t Just for Kids

Growing up doesn’t mean you’ve met your vaccination needs. As a matter of fact, it’s estimated that between 40,000 and 50,000 adults die each year from vaccine-preventable diseases so don’t miss an opportunity to be protected. We share the most common adult vaccines here. Discuss them with your doctor to foster lifelong prevention.

Influenza (TIV)

Why you need the vaccine: Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness that can range from mild to severe, and at times can be fatal. Adults over the age of 65, pregnant women, healthcare workers and individuals whose immune systems have been compromised due to chronic illness, morbid obesity or certain medications should receive the vaccine annually.
Side effects: Soreness, redness or swelling where the shot was given, fever and aches.

Pneumococcal polysaccharide (PPSV)

Why you need the vaccine: Pneumococcal disease is a serious illness caused by a common bacterium, the pneumococcus, which can attack different parts of the body such as the lungs, blood and brain. Individuals over the age of 65, those who have weakened immune systems due to serious chronic illness, Alaska Natives and certain American Indian populations, as well as those who work in long-term care facilities, should receive the one-time vaccination.
Side effects: Soreness at the injection site.

Hepatitis A (Hep A)

Why you need the vaccine: Hepatitis A is an inflammation of the liver caused by the hepatitis A virus . People who have close contact with individuals who have hepatitis A or items that may be contaminated by the virus, as well as frequent international travelers, should consider the vaccine.
Side effects: Soreness, headache, loss of appetite, and tiredness are the most common effects.

Tetanus (Td, Tdap)

Why you need the vaccine: Tetanus, more commonly called lockjaw, is a serious illness caused by a toxin usually contracted through an open wound. All adults ages 19 to 64 who have not already received Tdap and have not had a Td booster immunization in the last 10 years should receive a single dose of Tdap. Those over 65 years who have not had a Td booster in the last 10 years should receive Td.

Side effects: Soreness, as well as redness or swelling at the injection site, is most common .

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