Which immunizations should women in their 60s get?


These immunization guidelines are recommended for healthy women in their 60s. If you have health problems, be sure to get the specialized care and additional tests prescribed by your healthcare provider.

  • 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 persons who are 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.
  • Herpes zoster: Get vaccinated at age 50 (or older, if not done at 50) to prevent shingles.
  • Influenza: Have a yearly influenza vaccination.
  • Pneumonia vaccine: At age 65 and older, you should be immunized against pneumonia. You may need the vaccine at a younger age if you smoke or have certain chronic medical conditions. Talk to your healthcare provider.
  • Tetanus: You should have tetanus-diphtheria booster shots every 10 years.

This content originally appeared on HealthyWomen.org.

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