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Delaware Today Health and Wellness: Adult vaccines for influenza, pneumonia, tetanus, diphtheria, hepatitis, meningitis, shingles, measles, mumps, rubella and Human Papillomavirus

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Influenza

The Immunization Action Coalition recommends a shot every fall or winter for ages 19 and up.

 

Pneumococcal

To guard against pneumonia, you need this vaccination at age 65 or older. If you smoke cigarettes or have certain chronic medical conditions, one to two doses are recommended between ages 19 and 64.

 

Tetanus, Diphtheria

Every 10 years you need a tetanus shot. If you’re younger than 65, 65-plus and near an infant, or simply want protection, ask for a mix that also guards against pertussis (whooping cough).

 

Hepatitis A & Hepatitis B

There’s been a big push for these vaccinations, particularly in the wake of food-processing concerns. Eating contaminated food can spread HAV. HBV is spread via blood and body fluids. You need the vaccine if you are at risk or wish to be protected. (There is no vaccine for Hepatitis C.)

 

Meningococcal

This vaccine is recommended if you’re living in a dorm or have certain medical conditions.

 

Zoster

If you’re 60 or older, get this vaccine to guard against shingles.

 

Human Papillomavirus

This vaccine is for women 26 or younger to prevent genital warts, which can lead to cervical cancer. The brand Gardasil is also for men in that age group. It’s given in doses.

 

Measles, mumps, rubella

If you were born in 1957 or later, you need at least one dose.

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