Vaccines play an important role in protecting communities from disease. Many people think that vaccines are just for children, but did you know that there are a number of vaccinations recommended for adults? Adults, especially those that are older, may be more susceptible to certain diseases than other individuals. Therefore it is essential that adults get vaccinated to protect not only themselves, but also their friends and family from serious illness. Some vaccines recommended for adults are:
- Tdap (Tetanus, Diptheria, and Pertussis) – Usually given around age 11 or 12, people who did not get Tdap should get it as soon as possible. A tetanus booster should be given every ten years. Tdap may be given as one of these boosters if you have never gotten Tdap before.
- Influenza (flu) – All people ages 6 months and older are recommended for annual vaccination with rare exceptions.
- Hepatitis B – If not completed during childhood or adolescence.
- Shingles – Recommended for people age 60 and older
- Pneumococcal – Recommended for children and adults 2 to 64 years of age
- with certain health conditions and for all adults 65 years of age and older.
Unsure of whether you are up to date on your vaccinations? You can access your immunization records online with your social security number using the Wisconsin Immunization Registry at https://www.dhfswir.org/PR/clientSearch.do?language=en. You can also call the Forest County Health Department to determine your vaccination status.