IMMUNIZATION — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) makes annual recommendations for immunizations in adults.
●Influenza vaccine – We recommend annual influenza vaccination for all adults.
●Tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis vaccination (Td/Tdap) – The CDC recommends a single dose of Tdap in place of Td for all adults aged 19 years and older who have not received Tdap previously. Adults should receive a Td booster every 10 years.
●Varicella vaccine – We recommend routine varicella vaccination for healthy persons >13 years of age without evidence of immunity.
●Human papillomavirus vaccines – We recommend human papillomavirus vaccine (HPV) for females up to age 26 years who have not been previously vaccinated, for males up to age 21 who have not been previously vaccinated, and for men who have sex with men up to age 26.
●Zoster vaccine – We suggest zoster vaccination in most individuals who are 50 years of age or older.
●Pneumococcal vaccines – We recommend pneumococcal vaccination for all adults 19 to 64 years who have a condition that increases the risk of pneumococcal disease. It is also recommended for all adults ≥65 years.
●Meningococcal vaccines – We recommend Meningococcal vaccination for all young adults especially college students who dwell in the dorms.
●Hepatitis B vaccination – Patients at high risk for hepatitis B virus (HBV) should be vaccinated, including diabetic adults <60 years. For diabetic patients ≥60 years, vaccination may be warranted based on likelihood of acquiring hepatitis B and immune response.
If you need more information on vaccinations, please visit us to consult Dr.Paul Kattupalli or call us 814 424 2095.