Adult Vaccines: What You Need and When

Are you up to date on your shots?

— -- intro: The recent surge of vaccine-preventable diseases is a comeback story that deserves no cheers. Measles, considered officially eliminated from the United States back in 2000, has reappeared, with outbreaks in 20 states in 2014.

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quicklist: 3category: Adult Vaccines: What You Need and Whentitle: Tetanus, Diptheria, Pertussis (Td/Tdap)url:text:How Often? Adults born after 1957 who didn't get vaccinated as children need an MMR shot now. If you're unsure about your status, the CDC recommends a booster as a precaution in light of the recent outbreaks—it's cheaper than a blood test to check for antibodies, and there's no harm in getting it again. MMR is also imperative for anyone traveling internationally.

Why Now? U.S. measles cases reached a 20-year high in June 2014, with the tally more than doubling since March. Unvaccinated Americans and visitors from parts of Europe, Africa and Asia are linked to recent outbreaks: Travelers are increasingly bringing the virus back from places where infections are rampant, and the illness is spreading among those without immunity here in the States.

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Zoster (shingles) Get it if you're 50 or over and have weak immunity, making you more at risk for shingles, a rash that's a reactivation of chicken pox. (But insurance doesn't cover the vaccine until age 60.)

Varicella (chicken pox): Never had chicken pox or the vaccine before? This one is for you. If you're unsure, a blood test can check for antibodies.

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