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If you're an adult, you are not immune to getting vaccinations.
Immunizations are readily available for a number of common adult
illnesses, and your doctor can let you know what immunizations are
needed to keep you healthy. Review the
list of immunizations covered through the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois wellness benefits.
Follow these guidelines to keep preventable diseases at arm's length:
diphtheria and pertussis (Td and Tdap) immunizations should be given to
adults at 10-year intervals throughout your life.
Adults born after 1956 who are not immune to measles, mumps and rubella should be immunized.
Women ages 26 or younger should be immunized against human papilloma virus (HPV), the virus that causes cervical cancer.
adults ages 65 or older, as well as persons ages two to 64 years who
have diabetes or chronic heart, lung, liver or kidney disorders need
protection against pneumococcal disease, and should consult their health
care providers regarding the pneumococcal vaccine.
vaccination is recommended for all adults ages 50 years or older, women
who are pregnant during flu season, individuals who have a chronic
illness (like diabetes, heart disease or asthma) and residents of
long-term care facilities.
Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B vaccines should be given to people in
high-risk groups or who travel to countries where these diseases are
Immunizations for Your Child
back-to-school time for most kids. One red-letter item on each parent's
to-do list should read: vaccinations. They're of great value to help
keep many illnesses from spreading between students from kindergarten to
Even with the uncertainty of in-person classes this upcoming school year, it's good idea to stay current with immunizations.
out the rules for your state, city, school district or college. Your
children's school should be able to provide you with a list of required
shots. And don't forget, colleges require students to be vaccinated too.
It's all about keeping kids of all ages safe and healthy!
for an easy-to-read chart of vaccines for kids and adults. There's also
a catch-up list to help you get your family back on track.