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Your Guide to Adult Vaccination

RECOMMENDED For ages 19-26 years: In addition to seasonal flu vaccine and Td or Tdap vaccine, you should also get: ■■ HPV vaccine, which protects against the human papillomaviruses that cause most cervical cancers, anal cancer, and genital warts. It is recommended for: ■■ women up to age 26 years ■■ men up to age 21 years ■■ men ages 22-26 who have sex with men Some vaccines may be recommended for adults because of particular job or school-related requirements, health conditions, lifestyle, or other factors. For example, some states require students entering colleges and universities to be vaccinated against certain diseases, such as meningitis due to increased risk among college students living in residential housing. For 60 years or older: An estimated 1 million Americans get shingles every year, and about half of them are 60 years old or older. Additionally, over 60 percent of seasonal flu-related hospitalizations occur in people 65 years and older. As we get older, our immune systems tend to weaken, putting us at higher risk for certain diseases. This is why, in addition to seasonal flu and Td or Tdap vaccines, you should also get: ■■ Pneumococcal vaccines, which protect against pneumococcal disease, including infections in the lungs and bloodstream (recommended for all adults over 65 years old, and for adults younger than 65 years who have certain chronic health conditions) ■■ Zoster vaccine, which protects against shingles (recommended for adults 60 years or older) What is the immune system? The immune system works to keep germs out of the body and destroy any that get in. The immune system is made up of a complex network of cells and organs that protect the body from infection. Lymph nodes are part of the immune system. They release lymphocytes, a certain type of white blood cell that fights infection. The blood vessels and lymph vessels carry the lymphocytes to and from different areas in the body. Lymphocytes are a type of infection-fighting white blood cell. They are vital to an effective immune system. PLAY VIDEO Influenza Vaccination PLAY VIDEO Pneumococcal vaccination


Your Guide to Adult Vaccination
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