Adults need immunizations, too

Closeup of needle in armEven with increased emphasis on preventive medicine, too many adult Texans are not adequately protected against vaccine preventable diseases.

The Adult Immunization: Shots to Save Lives study, released in 2010, indicates that more than 30 percent of seniors are not immunized against pneumonia. The same report found millions of American adults go without routine and recommended vaccinations each year, which leads to an estimated 40,000 to 50,000 preventable deaths, thousands of preventable illnesses, and $10 billion in preventable health care costs each year.

How do you know which shots you need?

Ask your doctor or visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website where they have adult schedules for vaccines, information on where to find your immunization record and frequently asked questions.

Adult vaccines you may need

  • Influenza
  • Pneumoccocal
  • Td, Tdap: Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough)
  • HepB: Hepatitis B
  • Hep A: Hepatitis A
  • HPV: Human Pappillomavirus
  • MMR: Measles, Mumps, Rubella
  • Varicella (chickenpox)
  • Meningococcal
  • Zoster (shingles)

Protect yourself and your family, talk to your doctor and make sure your vaccines are up-to-date. And, if you travel outside the United States discuss additional vaccines you may need.