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4 Shots for Adults

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There are four shots that every NP needs to know about to protect adults.  Every visit is an opportunity to check every adult's immunization status. It's as important as checking their vital signs. 

1. Influenza vaccines - While I bet this is no surprise,  most adults in the US are not properly immunized for influenza. You probably think to advise it for those over 65 but by immunizing all adults 18 and over, you are not only protecting your patient but decreasing influenza in your community better protecting vulnerable populations.

2. Pneumococcal vaccines- There are 2 different pneumococcal vaccines for adults over 65 but certain high risk adult populations need them sooner.

3. Tdap - One dose of Tdap is recommended once for all adults and then Td booster every 10 years thereafter unless they get a tetanus prone wound and  then they need a booster if it has been more than 5 years . Any adult who is around young children should receive a Tdap vaccine. Got new grandparents? Many hospitals wont allow visitors  in to see newborns without proof of it.

4. Shingles - Did you know that anyone can get shingles after they have had the chickenpox? There are 2 vaccines for shingles now.  At what age do you give the vaccine? Do you know which one to give ?  How long after getting shingles do you wait to give the vaccine? 

 

All health care providers can have an impact of improving adult immunization rates. Start by checking everyone's immunization status at each visit and start immunizing more adults today. To learn more about adult immunizations, check out our online CE programs today.

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