Saturday, May 9, 2015

Personal Health Care | Immunizations

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Adults need immunizations (shots) to prevent serious diseases.  The following are common shots that most people need:
❑ Tetanus-diphtheria shot—Everyone needs this every ten years.
❑ Rubella (German measles) shot—If you are a woman who is considering pregnancy and you have not had a shot for German measles, you should talk to your provider.
❑ Pneumococcal (pneumonia) shot—Everyone needs this one time at about age 65.
❑ Influenza (flu) shots—Everyone over age 65 needs this every year.
If you have lung, heart or kidney disease, dia- betes, HIV, or cancer you may need pneumococ- cal and flu shots before age 65. Health care work- ers may also benefit from annual flu shots.
❑ Hepatitis B—If you have contact with human blood or body fluids (such as: semen or vaginal fluid) you may be at risk for hepatitis B.  You may also be at risk if you have unprotected sex (vaginal, oral or anal) or share needles during intravenous drug use.  Hepatitis B shots will protect you.  Health care workers should also consider getting hepatitis B shots. Discuss this with your provider.
Keep track of the immunizations you receive using the Personal Preventive Record in the center of this Health Guide. 
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