Tip of the Week: Vaccinations that all adults should have

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William Schaffner, MD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, explains the six vaccinations that all adults should receive. They are:

  • The Influenza vaccine for the “flu”
  • The DPT tetanus diphtheria pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine
  • The HPV vaccine to prevent cervical cancer, mouth/throat cancer, anal cancer, genital warts
  • The Pneumococcal vaccine for pneumonia
  • The Hepatitis B vaccine, particularly for insulin using diabetics
  • The Shingles (herpes zoster) for 60 years old and up

He also discusses the disturbing return of polio, measles, and whooping cough

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