Vaccination – What You Need and When

vaccinationWe’ve been talking a lot about flu shots lately. It’s that time of year. But that may not be the only vaccination you need. Let’s take a look at some of the more common vaccinations out there to see what you may need, starting with the flu shot.

Flu Shot

Anyone older than six months should get a flu shot, according to King Sooper Pharmacist Kim Ward. Peak illness is November through March, so you want to make sure you get the vaccine no later than mid-October.  Also, there’s a myth out there that you can get your flu shot too soon. Not true! The vaccine stays in your body for nearly a year. So even if you get it in September, you’ll still be protected in March.

Shingles

If you don’t already know, shingles are a painful skin rash caused by the latent chicken pox virus so if you ever had chicken pox, shingles are in your system. The Mayo Clinic recommends anyone over the age of 60 get a shingles vaccine regardless of if they’ve had shingles or not.

Pneumococcal Disease

This vaccine can not only help prevent pneumonia but meningitis and sepsis as well. Unless you have certain risk factors, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends anyone over the age of 60 for this shot.

Tdap

This is a tetanus booster that you want to make sure you get once every 10 years. If you can’t remember the last time you got this shot, you might want to make a point of getting it at your next doctor’s appointment. If you step on a nail, you’ll be glad you got it.

Hepatitis A

Planning to travel out of the country anytime soon? Depending on where you’re going, you may want to consider receiving your Hepatitis A shots. And yes, that’s plural. This is a two-dose series. You can get this virus by ingesting contaminated food or water.

If you think you may need one of these vaccines, reach out to your health care provider and ask. You can receive the flu shot at many of our 9Health Fairs this fall.