Adult Vaccines Medical Reference
- What is Variolation?
Discover how variolation was used to prevent the spread of smallpox. Learn the steps and risks involved with this medical technique and how it was replaced with the smallpox vaccination.
- What Is Ring Vaccination?
Ring vaccination is a vaccination strategy that health experts use to reduce the spread of a disease. Find out how it works.
- What Is Natural Immunity?
What is natural immunity? Is it active or passive? How does vaccine-induced immunity work? Here’s what to know about your body’s defense system.
- VAERS and Vaccine Safety: What You Need to Know
The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) helps the CDC and FDA spot possible safety problems with vaccines licensed in the U.S. Learn more about how it works.
- What Is SIRVA?
SIRVA stands for shoulder injury related to vaccine administration. Here’s what you need to know about this rare injury, including its causes, symptoms, and treatment.
- HIPAA and Vaccines: What You Need to Know
Do HIPAA laws bar employers from asking you whether you’ve gotten the COVID-19 vaccine? Learn more about how these laws work.
- What Are Booster Shots?
For most vaccinations, you need more than one shot for the best protection against disease. Learn more about vaccine boosters and why you need them.
- Whooping Cough Diagnosed in Adults: What Comes Next
It's important to treat whooping cough (pertussis) early in your illness to keep the illness from getting worse. Learn about antibiotics that fight your infection and find out what you can do at home to prevent whooping cough from spreading to your family.
- What Are the Signs of Whooping Cough in Adults?
Learn the symptoms of whooping cough and find out how your doctor will confirm that you have the disease.
- Mumps in Adults
Mumps was once a common childhood virus. But can adults get it, too? Learn what might put you at risk and how you can reduce your chances of getting this once-common infection.
- 10 Questions for Your Doctor About Adult Vaccines
- Vaccines for Travel to India
Planning a trip to India? WebMD lets you know which vaccines you’ll need and why.
- Tetanus Vaccine
Answers to your questions about the tetanus and the vaccine to prevent it.
- Influenza Vaccine (Flu Shot and Nasal Spray) for Adults
WebMD explains flu shots and flu nasal spray for adults, including who should get them, when, and the benefits and side effects of influenza vaccines.
- MMR Vaccine for Adults
WebMD explains the MMR vaccine for adults, including who should get it and possible side effects.
- Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis Vaccine for Adults
WebMD explains why adults should receive the Tdap and Td vaccines, which prevent diphtheria, whooping cough, and tetanus.
- Meningococcal Vaccine for Adults
WebMD explains the meningococcal vaccine for adults, including who should get it, why, and possible side effects.
- HPV Vaccine for Adults
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the U.S. Learn how some adults can get a vaccination to protect themselves.
- Chickenpox (Varicella) Vaccine for Adults
Learn more from WebMD about the adult chickenpox vaccine, including its benefits and side effects.
- How Effective Is the Flu Vaccine?
How much does the flu vaccine reduce the odds of getting the flu? Get flu facts from WebMD.
- Flu Vaccine Tip Sheet
Flu shots are a good idea, especially before the winter holidays. WebMD provides you with a handy tip sheet about the flu vaccine.
- Adult Immunizations: What You Need
Adults need immunizations, too. Find out which ones you may need.
- Vaccines You Need if You Have HIV or AIDS
Vaccines can be an important tool in helping fight infections in those with HIV or AIDS. Find out which immunizations you need and what to avoid.
- Influenza Vaccine: The Basics
WebMD explains what the flu vaccine is and whether it’s effective against all types of flu viruses including the recent outbreak of swine flu, as well as bird flu and types A, B, and C.