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Adult Woman Receiving a Flu Vaccine

Adult Woman Receiving a Flu Vaccine

With her young son observing from behind, this 2006 photograph showed a nurse in the process of administering an intramuscular vaccination in the left shoulder muscle of this mother.

Are there vaccines that protect against communicable diseases for adults?

Yes! Vaccinations are readily available for such common adult illnesses as influenza (flu), pneumococcal disease, herpes zoster (shingles), human papillomavirus (HPV), pertussis (whooping cough), hepatitis A and hepatitis B. Vaccinations against less common diseases such as measles, mumps, rubella (German measles), tetanus (lockjaw), diphtheria and varicella (chickenpox) are also needed by some adults. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommendations clearly identify people who are at risk for these diseases and who should be immunized to prevent these diseases and their complications. Consult your healthcare provider or local health department regarding your own immunization status as well as current immunization recommendations.