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Just like with kids, adults need to follow up on various boosters during annual physical exams. There are a few vaccines that are recommended for all adults, with some that vary based on age, job, lifestyle or health conditions.
To help adults understand which vaccines and boosters are needed, Emily Andrew, MD, Internal Medicine at NorthShore, explains what they protect against:
There are other vaccines that are recommended to protect against human papillomavirus (HPV), meningococcal disease, hepatitis B, hepatitis A, chickenpox, and measles, mumps and rubella.
Dr. Andrew recommends these vaccines and a suggestion timeline for adults:
It is important to remember that these are guidelines for healthy adults and there are many health conditions which can alter the schedule, so it is important to always check with your primary care physician to see what vaccines he or she may recommend.
How often do you go in for your annual physical exam?