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The vaccines you still need as an adult

The CDC recommends adults get a tetanus booster shot every ten years. The CDC recommends adults get a tetanus booster shot every ten years.

Many vaccinations are required for kids starting school, but even as you get older, there are several you need to keep up to date on.

When was your last tetanus shot?

If you can't answer that right away, Kari VanDam, a nurse at Floyd Valley Family Medicine Clinic in Le Mars says it might be time to get one.

"People walk in here all the time and they've cut their hand working in the yard or whatever and that's the first question we ask," says VanDam.  "You really should know, at least in the general vicinity, if it was five years ago, if it was ten years ago, or if they don't remember, then they get one right away."

The Center for Disease Control recommends adults get a tetanus booster shot every ten years.
VanDam says even for adults shots are important.

"Not only do you put yourself at risk of getting diseases, you then put others at risk of getting the disease because you aren't vaccinated," says VanDam.  "If you walk into a day care and you've been exposed to mumps you then put everyone else at risk.  You are contagious, but a vaccine may have prevented that."

But the tetanus shots isn't the only one adults forget about.

"As you get older, at age 50, there's the Zoster vaccine or the shingles vaccine," says VanDam.

She also suggests looking at your records to see if you've gotten the Hepatitis B vaccine.

"It's a three shot series that was not required for school age children until the early 90's so there is a lot of people who have never had that," says VanDam.

The CDC recommends all adults 65 and older and those 19 and older with risk factors get the pneumonia vaccine.

Kari also suggests getting the flu shot every year.

For more information on adult vaccines, click here for the CDC's website.


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