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Vaccine Schedule for Adults

Meningococcal Vaccine

How it is given: By injection.

How often/when to get it: One-time immunization, typically in adolescence, with boosters as recommended by doctor.

Who should get it? Adults who haven't been vaccinated should receive it if they:

  • Are a college freshman living in a dormitory
  • Are a military recruit
  • Have a damaged spleen or their spleen has been removed
  • Have terminal complement deficiency
  • Are a microbiologist routinely exposed to the bacterium that causes meningitis, Neisseria meningitidis
  • Are traveling to or living in countries in which the disease is common

Shingles (Zoster) Vaccine

How it is given: By injection.

How often/when to get it: Once, at age 60 or later.

Who should get it? All people 60 or older unless they have health problems or receive medications or treatments that affect the body’s ability to fight infection.

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WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by David T. Derrer, MD on September 09, 2014

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