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HealthExtra: Be wise: Immunize

Getting routine immunizations isn’t just for travelers or kids. Vaccines can help prevent infectious diseases and save lives, whether you’re a young adult or a senior citizen. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests you check with your healthcare provider to be sure you’re up to date on these immunizations:

  • tetanus-diphtheria—all adults, every 10 years
  • influenza, or flu—adults at risk and those ages 50 and older
  • pneumonia—adults at risk and those ages 65 and older
  • hepatitis A and B—adults at risk
  • measles, mumps, rubella—susceptible adults
  • varicella (chicken pox)—susceptible adults
  • meningitis—adults at risk
  • zoster (shingles)—adults ages 60 and older