RWJ Hospital: Health Tip Of The Month

Update on Adult Vaccinations – Not Just Kids’ Stuff

We are all familiar with the idea of getting children vaccinated for measles or polio.But, there are many vaccinations that are recommended for adults to prevent disease.Some of the recent updates include:

Tdap instead of Td

Standard recommendations have advised adults to get tetanus/diphtheria (Td) booster every 10 years.Tetanus is an illness caused by infected wounds.However, pertussis (Whooping cough) is resurfacing as a problem.Therefore, it is recommended that in adults under 65 years of age who are 1.) Postpartum women, 2.) In contact with children 12 months, or 3.) Healthcare providers with direct patient contact, a one-time dose of Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis) replace the standard Td booster.

Flu vaccine

Annual influenza vaccination is now recommended for all persons six months or older:


The virus that causes Shingles (also known as Zoster) is reactivation of the varicella or Chicken Pox Virus.This can be a very painful condition.Adults ages 60 and older are recommended to get the one-time vaccine to prevent reactivation of the virus.

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