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Vaccines to induce immunity and protect us from serious infections are most important in children; however, several are valuable in adults. See the discussion below.

  • Tetanus-diphtheria booster should be given every 10 years and more often if injury warrants.

  • Influenza vaccination should be administered annually to people who have serious underlying medical conditions, health care workers and other critical services personnel, and any one who is interested in protection from this infection.

  • Pneumonia vaccination is recommended for people with serious lung disease and those over age 60. This vaccine should be boosted every five years in most people.

  • Rubella vaccination was discussed in the “Examinations” section.
    • Hepatitis B vaccination should be given to health care workers.
    • Hepatitis A vaccination should be given to people who travel frequently to areas where it is endemic.

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