• Stay Current on Immunizations for You and Your Family

    August 5, 2020

    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:

    • Tetanus, 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.

    • All 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.

    • Influenza 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 common.


    Immunizations for Your Child

    August is 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 college age.

    Even with the uncertainty of in-person classes this upcoming school year, it's good idea to stay current with immunizations.

    Find 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!


    Vaccine Chart

    Visit cdc.gov/vaccines 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.