2016 Medical Guide
Presented by TulsaPeople Magazine
(page 3 of 10)
Part of the routine
Adults must receive vaccinations, too.
BY RACHEL WEAVER SMITH
Some of the most important medicines are the ones that keep you from getting sick in the first place.
Knowing what vaccine to take and when can be the difficult part. Ellen Niemitalo, manager of immunizations at the Tulsa Health Department, says immunizations are recommended at all ages.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends infants birth through 12 months old receive the HepB vaccine and vaccines to protect against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (DTap), polio (IPV), MMR, varicella (chicken pox), hepatitis A, rotavirus disease, blood infections, pneumonia and meningitis (PCV and Hib).
Adolescent vaccines recommended after age 11 include Tdap, yearly influenza, meningitis and HPV (human papilloma virus).
Vaccines routinely recommended for adults include:
- Influenza vaccine, annually
- Tdap/Td (Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis or whooping cough), every 10 years
- MMR (measles, mumps, rubella), 1 or 2 vaccinations for any adult who has not had these diseases
- Varicella (chicken pox), for any adult who has not had the disease
- Pneumonia vaccines, for adults over age 65 and for any adult with risk factors
- Zoster (shingles), for adults over age 60
Other vaccines may be recommended based on activities and risk factors, so make sure to discuss specific recommendations with a primary care provider.
Anyone traveling overseas is encouraged to call the Tulsa Health Department Overseas Immunization Clinic at 918-595-4146 for specific recommendations based on the areas of travel.
Visit www.tulsa-health.org to learn more about vaccines and view Tulsa Health Department immunization clinic locations.