What Vaccinations Are You Missing?

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Typically, childhood vaccinations are monitored and meticulously recorded on special sheets from the pediatrician's office while adult vaccinations are often forgotten or overlooked by health care providers.

Approximately 50,000 people die each year from diseases that could be prevented with vaccinations, 36,000 of those deaths are due to the influenza virus.

Many of the immunizations received as children should continue through adulthood. If a person has not received childhood immunizations, then a medical provider will need to determine which ones require a complete series. The Adult Immunization schedule below is considered to start at age 19 and continue past the age of 65.

1. Tetanus or Td: 1 dose repeated every 10 years. Tdap, licensed in 2005, should be used for one of the doses since it also includes pertussis (whooping cough) protection.

2. MMR (measles, mumps and rubella): 1 or 2 doses between ages of 19-49 and 1 dose again when over the age of 50 for a total of 3 adult doses.

3. HPV (Human Papillomavirus): 3 doses through the age of 26 for females.

4. Varicella (chicken pox): 2 doses if over the age of 19.