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Vaccinations

Vaccinations can prevent you from getting and spreading serious and even deadly diseases.

Vaccinations are not only for children. Adults also need vaccinations as protection from some childhood vaccines can wear off over time. Depending on their age, job, lifestyle, travel or health conditions, adults may be at risk for certain vaccine-preventable diseases.

Below are recommended vaccines by age from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Check with your healthcare professional to find out which vaccines are recommended for you.

AGE VACCINE
Birth
  • Hepatitis B (HepB)
1-2 months
  • Hepatitis B (HepB)
  • Diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough (pertussis) (DTaP)
  • Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)
  • Polio (IPV)
  • Pneumococcal (PCV)
  • Rotavirus (RV)
4 months
  • Diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough (pertussis) (DTaP)
  • Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)
  • Polio (IPV)
  • Pneumococcal (PCV)
  • Rotavirus (RV)
  • Hepatitis B (HepB)
6 months
  • Diphtheria, tetanus, and whooping cough (pertussis) (DTaP)
  • Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)
  • Polio (IPV)
  • Pneumococcal (PCV)
  • Rotavirus (RV)
  • Influenza (flu) – children 6 months and older should receive the flu vaccination every flu season
12 – 23 months
  • Chickenpox (Varicella)
  • Diphtheria, tetanus, and whooping cough (pertussis) (DTaP)
  • Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)
  • Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)
  • Polio (IPV) – between 6 – 18 months
  • Pneumococcal (PCV)
  • Hepatitis A (HepA)
  • Hepatitis B (HepB)
  • Influenza (flu) every year
2 – 3 years
  • Influenza (flu) every year
4 – 6 years
  • Diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough (pertussis) (DTaP)
  • Polio (IPV)
  • Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR)
  • Chickenpox (varicella)
  • Influenza (flu) every year
7 – 10 years
  • Influenza (flu) every year
11 – 12 years
  • Meningococcal conjugate vaccine
  • HPV vaccine
  • Tdap
  • Influenza (flu) every year
13 – 18 years
  • Influenza (flu) every year
19 – 26 years
  • Influenza (flu) every year
  • Td or Tdap vaccine (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis)
27 – 60 years
  • Influenza (flu) every year
  • Td (tetanus, diphtheria) booster shot every 10 years
  • Zoster vaccine – for healthy adults aged 50 years and older
60 years or older
  • Influenza (flu) every year
  • Td or Tdap vaccine (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis)
  • Pneumococcal vaccines
  • Zoster vaccine

Beach Cities Health District’s Advocacy Statement
Beach Cities Health District strongly recommends that health care providers, individuals, and families follow the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)-recommended vaccination schedules and avoid “alternative” vaccination schedules which often delay vaccinations and leave individuals susceptible to serious, preventable diseases.

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Information sourced from:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention