Vaccinations for the Grown Up

In the past, I have written about vaccinations for children and for the adults taking care of children.  Today, I would like to discuss vaccinating the adult.


Because of vaccinations, we are living better.  Few of us have been exposed to such diseases as hepatitis, meningitis, influenza, measles, tetanus and on and on.   Heck, the majority of Americans don’t even know anyone who has even had these diseases.   Unfortunately, these diseases are still out there, and at times can flourish.


For those who have experienced the above diseases, they know how terrible these diseases are.  These diseases can make people very ill and very ill for a long, long time.  Performing such tasks as bathing, eating, working, and cleaning are very difficult to do while ill and in some instances are not done at all by the sick person.  Should the illness enter the recovery phase, there may be permanent long lasting reminders of the illness.  This can be anything from permanent pain,  organ failure, and/or loss of limbs to name a few.


The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) has vaccination tables for all ages.  You should check with your physician first to see if these vaccinations are right for you.


Adult Vaccinations for
ages 19-65+

  • Flu shot yearly for all Americans.
  • Hepatitis A and B two and three doses
    if not done in childhood.
  • Varicella (Chickenpox) two doses if
    not done in childhood.
  • Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis
    (Tdap/Td) Tdap once then Td every 10 years.
  • Meningococcal one or more doses.
  • Pneumococcal one to three doses.
  • Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) one
    or two doses if not done in childhood.
  • HPV three doses for women and for men
    from ages 11 to 26.
  • Zoster (Shingles) after age 60.
  • Pertussis (Tdap) for pregnant women between 26-37 weeks pregnancy.


Cynthia Wilkes MD

Stafford Womens Health Associates

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