Vaccinations for Adults

It's back to school time and many parents are making sure their young children are up to date on their shots.

But on Thursday on the CBS 58 News at 4 Dr. Dr. Holly Leider with Aurora Health Care reminded the adults they need to be vaccinated too.

Many of the vaccines we received as children create immunities that last a lifetime, but not all of them.

Also, vaccine recommendations change over the years, and certain vaccines, like the chickenpox vaccine, may not have been available when you were a child.

Also, as we age, we become more susceptible to serious disease caused by common infections like the flu.

Dr. Leider recommends a seasonal flu shot annually. Usually September or October is when we start offering the flu shot and it lasts the whole influenza season. The flu shot is especially important if you have a chronic health condition, are pregnant, or are over 60.

Adults should be getting a Tetanus booster shot every 10 years, which some adults probably forget about. 

Adults aged 19-26 should be immunized for HPV, which causes most cervical cancers, anal cancers and genital warts. 

College students should get additional immunizations for contagious disease like meningitis, measles, mumps and rubella. 

Adults age 60 and over, should be immunized for pneumococcal, which protects you from pneumonia and ear, brain and lung infections. 

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