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What Are The Necessary Adult Vaccinations?

If you’re like me, you haven’t had a vaccination shot in a long while and you might be wondering what shots you’ll need. This is exacerbated by the fact that I’ve had three primary care physicians in the last three years and I haven’t had a physical since the start of my last job in 2003. So, while I’m pretty sure I’m current on my shots, it’s good to know what shots are really necessary because I don’t really want to get unnecessary shots or pay out unnecessary money. In a recent issue of the Bottom Line, Dr. William Schaffner, chairman, department of preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, TN, lists the following as necessary adult vaccinations (assuming you received all the standard vaccinations as a child):

If you’ve never had a vaccination, add these:

Some more information is available at CDC’s National Immunization Program’s site [3].