Vaccination Schedule for Adults and Adolescents

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What are vaccine-preventable diseases?

Vaccine preventable diseases are those diseases for which there is a shot that helps the immune system prepare for an infection. A person develops immunity after he or she has received a vaccine and responded to it. When a vaccinated person is exposed to a virus (for example, hepatitis B) or bacteria (for example, diphtheria), his or her body is able to destroy the virus or bacteria and prevent the disease. No vaccine is perfect, and some people who receive a vaccine can still get the disease. This is why it is important for everyone to get the vaccine. This gives the community what experts call "herd" immunity and means that, basically, there are very few people who could serve as a reservoir for the disease. Herd immunity prevents severe outbreaks of diseases.

Disease Vaccine
Diphtheria Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap)
Hepatitis A Hepatitis A
Hepatitis B Hepatitis B
Human papillomavirus Human papillomavirus (HPV) (three doses)
Influenza Annual influenza vaccine
Measles Measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR)
Meningococcal disease Meningococcal
Mumps Measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR)
Pertussis Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap)
Pneumococcal disease Pneumococcal
Polio Inactivated polio vaccine (IPV)
Rubella Measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR)
Tetanus Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap)
Varicella Varicella

What is the vaccination schedule for adolescents?

Recommended vaccination schedule for adolescents
Vaccine Recommended Age for Vaccination
Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Tdap) 11-12 years
Human papillomavirus (HPV) (three doses) 11-12 years
Meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4) 11-12 years (first dose)
13-18 years (second dose)
Influenza (flu) Yearly
Pneumococcal Recommended for some children with certain medical conditions (check with the child's physician)
Hepatitis A
Hepatitis B
Inactivated polio vaccine (IPV)
Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)
Recommended if the child is catching up on missed vaccines

What is the vaccination schedule for adults?

Recommended vaccination schedule for adults
Vaccine Recommended age of vaccination
Influenza (flu) Yearly
Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Tdap)
tetanus, diphtheria (Td)
Tdap once as an adult
Td every 10 years
Varicella (chickenpox) Two doses (unless had documented disease or immunized as a child or adolescent)
Human papillomavirus (HPV) (three doses) Three doses before 26 years of age (unless already immunized as an adolescent)
Zoster (shingles) One dose after 60 years of age
Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) Two doses (unless immunized previously)
Pneumococcal All people over 65 years of age
People in special high-risk groups and who have certain chronic illnesses should receive one or both of the two different pneumococcal vaccines as soon as possible
Hepatitis A Two doses in certain patients who are high risk (unless immunized previously)
Hepatitis B Three doses in certain patients who are high risk (unless immunized previously)
Haemophilus influenza type b (Hib) One to three doses in certain patients who are high risk (unless immunized previously)
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/21/2014