Even adults who can remember that last time they had their recommended vaccines need to listen up: The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recently announced a revised schedule for those age 19 and older.
The adult immunization schedule contains information for both health care providers and the general public on principles of immunization for adults, considerations for special populations (such as pregnant women), reference resources pertinent to adult immunization, and instructions for reporting adverse events associated with vaccinations and suspected cases of reportable vaccine-preventable diseases.
“Many adults are unsure of which vaccinations they should receive and when,” Dr. Gale Burstein, Erie County health commissioner, said in a news release. “With the release of these updated recommendations, it is a good time for ... adults to review this list and discuss if any of these immunizations are appropriate for them.”
Burstein said the big change to the new schedule is the addition of the new herpes zoster vaccine (Shingrix) to prevent shingles. Adults 50 and older are recommended to receive two doses, six months apart, regardless of whether they have had shingles in the past or had received the prior shingles vaccine (live zoster vaccine Zostavax).
Another change: An additional dose of measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine should be given to people who had previously received up to two doses and are identified by a public health authority to be at increased risk during a mumps outbreak.
The CDC offers an easy to use Adult Vaccine Quiz at bit.ly/2DX8Cj0. An online assessment tool will provide a list of vaccines you may need.
“I recommend that you print out the results and discuss them with your health care provider during your next office visit or your pharmacist,” Burstein said.
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