4 Tips to help stop the spread of flu in the community:
- Make sure you and your loved ones get the flu shot every year
- Wash your hands often and avoid touching your face
- Avoid contact with anyone who is sick and stay home when you are sick
- Drink lots of fluids, get plenty of sleep, and eat nutritious food
Contact us, your provider, or visit your local pharmacy for a flu shot
What other shots do adults need?
- Tdap/Td Vaccine (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis)
All adults need Tdap once to protect against lockjaw (tetanus), diphtheria, and whooping cough (pertussis). After that, a booster Td shot is needed every 10 years.
Pregnant women need a Tdap vaccine each pregnancy early in the third trimester to protect the baby from whooping cough until they are old enough to get vaccinated.
- Pneumococcal Vaccine
Adults 65 and older need two different pneumococcal vaccines to protect against pneumonia. Some adults with certain medical condition younger than 65 also need one or both pneumococcal vaccines.
- Shingles Vaccine
Adults 60 and older need a vaccine to protect against the herpes zoster virus which causes shingles. A new vaccine is available which you might need even if you have been previously vaccinated.
If you have certain health conditions you may need different shots or shots at a different age. You also may need additional vaccines if you are going away to college or plan to travel. Make sure to check with your doctor.
Not sure what shots you are due for? Ask your provider or call us at 607-535-8140.