Immunization or Vaccination is recommended not for just children but for adults as well. As an adult, most specific immunizations are recommended based of different factors such as you lifestyle and age, types and locations of travels you have made or intend to make as well any high risk conditions you may have and your previous immunizations you had.
Why do I need Immunization or Vaccinations?
Contrary to some beliefs that adults don’t need to be vaccinated because the immunizations they received as children will protect than as adults. CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) has these exceptions:
- Some adults were never vaccinated as children
- Newer vaccines were not available when some adults were children
- Immunity can begin to fade over time
- As we age, we become more susceptible to serious disease caused by common infections (such as flu and pneumococcus)
Here are the Recommended Immunizations for Adults.
Talk to your doctor about these vaccines next time you are in the office to discuss if you need any of them:
- Inluenza (Flu)
- Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Td/Tdap)
- Zoster (Shingles)
- Measles, mumps, rubella
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
Below is a chart from the CDC to show you the recommended vaccines you need as an adult.
Does my Insurance Cover Adult Immunizations?
For commercial insurance plans, each insurance plan is different so the best way to find out is to call your insurance company to determine your benefits.
Does Medicare cover Immunizations for Adults?
Medicare covers these 3 adult immunizations. If you are have medicare or any medicare advantage plan, these 3 vaccines should be covered for you.
- Influenza (FLU)
- Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccinations
- Hepatitis B Vaccinations:
Medicare does not cover any other vaccinations for adults.
Remember to talk to you doctor about your immunizations next time you come into the office.