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Health experts stress the need for adult vaccination during World Immunisation Week

Some recommended vaccinations for adults:

COVID-19

The COVID-19 vaccine can prevent infection or severe illness from the coronavirus.

Influenza (Flu)

Annual flu vaccination is recommended for everyone aged 6 months or older by the CDC. Adults aged 50 and above should avoid the nasal spray vaccine due to potential complications.

Hepatitis B

The Hepatitis B vaccine is advised for all adults aged 19 to 59 and those aged 60 and above with risk factors for Hepatitis B. It’s particularly important for diabetics due to the risk of infection from contaminated needles.

Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

The HPV vaccine is recommended for girls and boys aged 11 or 12. Teens and young adults up to age 26 should receive three doses. Gardasil 9 is FDA-approved for males and females aged 9 to 45 to prevent HPV-related cancers.

Pneumococcal Vaccine

Adults aged 65 and above should receive pneumococcal vaccines, with younger adults at increased risk also potentially needing vaccination against pneumococcal diseases.

Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tdap)

A single dose of Tdap is typically given at ages 11 or 12, with a booster every 10 years. Pregnant individuals should also receive one dose during each pregnancy.

Following vaccines were recommended by Dr Santosh Rajeev P, Consultant & Lead, Neonatology, Fernandez Hospital:

Shingles Vaccine

Essential for aging immune systems, the shingles vaccine guards against the varicella-zoster virus, averting nerve pain and rashes.

Meningococcal Vaccine

Critical for children, particularly those with HIV or compromised immune systems, the vaccine protects against meningitis and septicaemia caused by meningococcal bacteria strains. It’s especially vital for individuals over 11 and families travelling to high-risk areas.

Consultation with healthcare professionals for timely vaccination is crucial for optimal adult protection.

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