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Immunizations for Adults

Overview

Immunizations are essential for the health of adults as well as children. Many people middle-aged or older may believe previous immunizations offer lifetime immunity to preventable diseases. This is not always true.

Some vaccinations require periodic boosters to keep you protected throughout your adult life. In addition, certain vaccinations that were not available during your childhood and which you’ve never received may be needed as you grow older.

The following information will help you find reliable information as you make a decision on what immunizations you need in adulthood and when and how to get them.

Note: This topic was prepared to help consumers find reliable health resources on the web. This site is not responsible for the information on other sites. The information here — and on all websites — is not intended to be a substitute for care or recommendations given to you by a health professional.

Recommended Reading

Immunization Action Coalition
This site has a wealth of information about all aspects of immunizations, for both healthcare professionals and the general public. It features video clips, pictures of vaccine-preventable diseases, information about vaccine safety, links to scientific studies on vaccines and more.

Vaccine Information for Adults, CDC
Vaccinations are readily available for adult diseases such as influenza (flu), pneumococcal disease, herpes zoster (shingles), human papillomavirus (HPV), pertussis (whooping cough), hepatitis A and hepatitis B. Vaccinations against less common diseases such as measles, mumps, rubella (German measles), tetanus (lockjaw), diphtheria and varicella (chickenpox) are also needed by some adults. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendations identify people who are at higher risk for these diseases and who should be immunized.

Adult Immunization Schedule, CDC
This page on the Center for Disease Control’s site offers immunization schedules for adults and college-age students to prevent diseases most applicable to their age groups.

Vaccine Safety Issues

Today’s media capabilities and the Internet are wonderful tools for making information widely and rapidly available, but they also make information available that is not reviewed for scientific accuracy. This collection of links will help you find and evaluate health claims about vaccines.

Institute for Vaccine Safety, Johns Hopkins University
The Institute for Vaccine Safety is part of the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. The mission is to provide an independent assessment of vaccines and vaccine safety to help guide decision makers and educate physicians, the public and the media about key issues surrounding the safety of vaccines.

Vaccine Safety, CDC
This information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention covers issues of interest concerning vaccine safety.

Vaccine Side Effects, CDC
This information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention covers possible side effects of various vaccines.

Local Resources

Immunization Program, Larimer County Department of Health and Environment (LCDHE)
One goal of the LCDHE immunization program is to prevent disease and death from vaccine-preventable illnesses in adults, especially persons over age 65 and other high-risk persons. This site includes information on which vaccinations are available through the health department, including vaccinations for people traveling abroad.

Colorado Immunization Information System (CIIS)
The Colorado Immunization Information System (CIIS) is a confidential, computerized information system that collects and disseminates consolidated immunization information for Coloradans. Operated by the Colorado Immunization Section at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, CIIS enables any immunization provider in Colorado to electronically track immunizations a person has received, thereby maintaining an ongoing and complete record to ensure that the person receives all recommended shots.

Poudre River Public Library District
Search the library collection for books about vaccines and vaccine-preventable illnesses, or use the library's health, sciences and technology databases.

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Health and Healthcare Statistics
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