Adults need vaccines too

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SAN ANTONIO -- When it comes to vaccinations, most of us think of children getting vaccinated before they start a new school year. But 'grown-ups' need to be immunized too.

August is National Immunizations Awareness Month Metro Health, so the San Antonio Metro Health District is encouraging adults to get up to date on their vaccinations.

Metro Health suggests the following vaccinations for all adults, in accordance with the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) 2016 guidelines:

  • Influenza (flu) vaccine each year to protect against seasonal flu. High-dose flu vaccine is available for seniors 65 years and older;
  • One dose of Tdap vaccine (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis or whooping cough) if you never received a Tdap vaccine as a teen, and follow-up with a Td (tetanus and diphtheria) booster vaccine every 10 years. Pregnant women are recommended to get the Tdap vaccine each time they are pregnant, preferably at 27 through 36 weeks;
  • One dose of Shingles vaccine for adults 60 years and older;
  • At least one dose of Pneumococcal vaccine for adults 65 years and older (some adults younger than 65 with certain high risk conditions (diabetes, kidney disease, heart disease, liver disease, HIV positive, etc) are recommended to receive one or more pneumococcal vaccinations;
  • One dose of Meningococcal vaccine for adults that are college students, going into the military, have a history of bacterial infections, missing a spleen, or HIV positive;
  • Two doses of Hepatitis A vaccine for adults with chronic liver disease, receive clotting medicines, use illegal drugs, men who have sex with men, or individuals traveling to Mexico, Central America or South America.
  • Three doses of Hepatitis B vaccine for adults with diabetes, chronic liver disease or end-stage kidney disease, HIV positive, on dialysis, healthcare or public safety worker in contact with blood or body fluids, men who have sex with men, injection drug user, or individual traveling to Africa, Southeast Asia or Middle East; and
  • Three doses of Human Papillomavirus Virus (HPV) females through the age of 26 and males through the age of 21 whom have not completed the recommended series. Males 22 through 26 years of age may complete the series if they haven’t done so.

Vaccination equals protection for life. For more information, contact your local healthcare provider or Metro Health at (210) 207-8894.

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