Immunizations are not just for children. Protection from some childhood vaccines can wear off over time. You may also be at risk for vaccine-preventable disease due to your age, job, lifestyle, travel, or health conditions. All adults need immunizations to help them prevent getting and spreading serious diseases that could result in poor health, missed work, medical bills, and not being able to care for family.
All adults need a seasonal flu (influenza) vaccine every year before the season starts. Flu vaccine care is especially important for people with chronic health conditions, pregnant women, and older adults. Influenza vaccine/flu shot is an inactivated vaccine that helps protect you from influenza. It is usually given just before the cold season when the flu virus begins to increase. Normally, only one injection is required to protect you for a year.
In addition to the influenza vaccine, seniors should be immunized against pneumococcal disease. The pneumococcal vaccine protects against infections in the brain, bloodstream, lungs and ears. It is safe to get influenza and pneumococcal vaccines at the same time.
Adults are also advised to take Hepatitis A vaccine. It is a live attenuated vaccine that provides protection against Hepatitis A - a serious liver disease caused by hepatitis A virus (HAV). It spreads from person to person via contact with contaminated food or water. It is safe and effective and given as 2 shots, 6 months apart. Both shots are needed for long-term protection. All the vaccines are intramuscularly administrated which should be done by a nurse or healthcare professional.