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Recommended Vaccines at Every Age

Recommended Vaccines at Every Age

Immunizations for Each Stage of Life

Besides eating a healthy diet and leading an active lifestyle, staying up-to-date on your immunizations is an essential part of supporting your overall health and wellness. While many people think of vaccines to help small children develop robust and effective immune systems, getting vaccinated can help support your immune health throughout every stage of life.

In light of National Immunization Awareness Month, the health experts at Southwest General are here to share which vaccines are recommended for each age group.

Vaccines for Children & Teens

Staying up to date on immunizations is one of the most effective ways to protect babies, children and teens from dangerous vaccine-preventable diseases.

The following vaccines are recommended for babies from birth to 11 months old:

  • DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough)
  • Hepatitis B
  • Haemophilus influenzae type b disease
  • Polio
  • Pneumococcal disease
  • Rotavirus

The following vaccines are recommended for children between one and 10 years of age:

  • Chickenpox
  • Hepatitis A
  • MMR (measles, mumps and rubella)

The following vaccines are recommended for children and adolescents between 11 and 18 years of age:

  • Meningococcal conjugate
  • Meningococcal disease
  • HPV (human papillomavirus)
  • Serogroup B meningococcal vaccines
  • Tdap

Vaccines for Adults Aged 65 and Older

As we continue to age, the immune system weakens, leaving us more susceptible to certain health issues. Fortunately, there are vaccines that can help to support your immune health.

The following vaccines are recommended for adults, aged 65 and older:

  • Zoster vaccine (shingles)
  • Pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV23)
  • Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13)

Vaccines Everyone Needs

Although some vaccines help to keep you healthy after a few doses, others need to be administered routinely. According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), all adults need to get these two vaccines:

  • Flu (Influenza) vaccine: Annually
  • Tetanus shot (Td or Tdap): At least once every 10 years

If you’re unsure if you or your children are up to date on your immunizations, be sure to reach out to your family doctor.

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