Which immunizations should women in their 50s get?

The following are guidelines for preventive health screenings and immunizations generally recommended for healthy women in their 50s:
  • Hepatitis A: This vaccine is recommended for adults who live, work or travel in areas where hepatitis A is endemic and periodic outbreaks occur. It is also recommended for users of injection or street drugs, military personnel, institutionalized persons and those working in those institutions.
  • Hepatitis B: The Hepatitis B vaccine is recommended for all adults at high risk for infection. High-risk individuals include injection drug users and their sexual partners, anyone with a history of multiple sexual partners in the previous six months or who has recently acquired a sexually transmitted disease, recipients of certain drug products, individuals with a health-related job with frequent exposure to blood or blood products and travelers to countries where hepatitis B virus (HBV) is of high concern.
  • Influenza: Have a yearly influenza vaccination.
  • Pneumococcal: You need one to two doses if you smoke or if you have certain chronic medical conditions.
  • Tetanus: You should have tetanus-diphtheria booster shots every 10 years.
This content originally appeared on HealthyWomen.org.

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Vaccines & Immunizations

Vaccines are commonly given to children in the form of a shot to help prevent serious diseases like measles and mumps. Vaccines are developed using either dead strains of a disease, weakened strains, or strains of a different dise...

ase. As adults, we receive flu vaccines or may need a booster of childhood vaccines to retain immunity. Travelers may receive vaccines either as a condition of entry to a country, or on recommendation of health officials. Generally there is little or no reaction to a vaccine, but in some cases the vaccine may cause an allergic reaction or a temporary, mild illness. Some vaccines are not safe for pregnant women, so it’s important to check with a healthcare professional.

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