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OSUJillyBean

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I just learned a few minutes ago that adult humans need vaccines too.  I do not have medical records from my childhood and no idea what was given to me when but as we're about to leave the country we are required to get one vaccine and when the nurse heard my uncertain vaccination status (ie: I have not had a tetanus shot in 20+ years), she seemed shocked.  So now I get to schedule Yellow fever, typhoid, Hep A, and tetanus shots.  I'm going to be a pin cushion!

Is there a list of vaccines adult humans are supposed to receive?  I am always aware of my pets' vaccine status but it never occurred to me to get myself up-to-date.   :-\

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I just learned a few minutes ago that adult humans need vaccines too.  I do not have medical records from my childhood and no idea what was given to me when but as we're about to leave the country we are required to get one vaccine and when the nurse heard my uncertain vaccination status (ie: I have not had a tetanus shot in 20+ years), she seemed shocked.  So now I get to schedule Yellow fever, typhoid, Hep A, and tetanus shots.  I'm going to be a pin cushion!

Is there a list of vaccines adult humans are supposed to receive?  I am always aware of my pets' vaccine status but it never occurred to me to get myself up-to-date.   :-\
I didn't receive any vaccinations between the ages of 10-26 first because I was in a difficult living situation and didn't have access to medical care, and after that because it just never occurred to me. I had an awful lot of fun trying to make my surgery's nurse understand that when I showed up for travel inoculations. I think I wound up having to have about seven within two weeks.

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Let's see... There's the HPV vaccine (optional), annual flu vaccine, and I think meningitis is done every 5 or 10 years? Also, ask about chicken pox vaccine, especially if you didn't have it as a kid. I understand that is AWFUL to get as an adult.

Otherwise, ask your doc.
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Let's see... There's the HPV vaccine (optional), annual flu vaccine, and I think meningitis is done every 5 or 10 years? Also, ask about chicken pox vaccine, especially if you didn't have it as a kid. I understand that is AWFUL to get as an adult.

Otherwise, ask your doc.

In my senior years I have added pneumonia and zoster (shingles - espectially if you have had chicken pox) to the list.

For our natural disaster team, we have to have Hepatitus A and B and extra tetanus vaccines. I am amazed that we don't need typhoid.

I promised my doctor that I would start flu shots it I ever get the flu, but I haven't, for 35 years. Probably this year, since I said that. Sigh

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Adult vaccines tend to be for specific occasions, not just because of an age schedule like children's vaccines are.  My vaccines have all either been seasonal (flu) or because I'm traveling and I need to be vaccinated against bugs they have there but aren't an issue here (malaria, yellow fever, etc).  You may need more vaccines if you missed some in childhood, but most adults don't *need* vaccines/boosters the way children do.  Several which are recommended in certain populations, sure, but not "you'll get polio and die" kind of vaccines.

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I got the whooping cough booster last year since there was an outbreak due to increased number of non-vaccinated kids.  I didn't want to find out the hard way that I was one of the unlucky ones for whom the original childhood vaccine wore off.

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Adult vaccines tend to be for specific occasions, not just because of an age schedule like children's vaccines are.  My vaccines have all either been seasonal (flu) or because I'm traveling and I need to be vaccinated against bugs they have there but aren't an issue here (malaria, yellow fever, etc).  You may need more vaccines if you missed some in childhood, but most adults don't *need* vaccines/boosters the way children do.  Several which are recommended in certain populations, sure, but not "you'll get polio and die" kind of vaccines.

The major exception is tetanus.  You should have a tetanus shot every 10 years, minimum, and if you are an active gardener, you should go for a booster every 5 years.  I had my last one in 2010 to make it easy for me to remember when I have to do it again.
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I learned that the Rubella (German Measles) vaccine wears off after about 15 years.  So if you got it as a toddler, you might not be protected once you reach your 20s.  That is scary because Rubella can be catastrophic for the baby if a woman comes down with it in the first trimester.

Don't be like me and find out at your second prenatal appointment that your immunity has worn off.  Have them run a quick blood test before you get pregnant.  (If that's possible.  If not, don't over-worry.  The odds of being exposed to Rubella are very slim.)

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Let's see... There's the HPV vaccine (optional), annual flu vaccine, and I think meningitis is done every 5 or 10 years? Also, ask about chicken pox vaccine, especially if you didn't have it as a kid. I understand that is AWFUL to get as an adult.

Otherwise, ask your doc.

In my senior years I have added pneumonia and zoster (shingles - espectially if you have had chicken pox) to the list.

For our natural disaster team, we have to have Hepatitus A and B and extra tetanus vaccines. I am amazed that we don't need typhoid.

I promised my doctor that I would start flu shots it I ever get the flu, but I haven't, for 35 years. Probably this year, since I said that. Sigh

The medical lab I worked for had my position described as "at risk" for some reason, which meant that I had to have a full set of vaccines, including a few unusual ones, as well as a TB baseline test. That was not fun at all, specially since one of them had to be given at a public health facility, instead of a general health clinic. Between that and the "prevent all" military vaccine I had to get in college, I am pretty much covered.

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The CDC has lists of recommended vaccines for children, for teens, and for adults to get at various ages and/or situations--for example, the hepatitis B vaccine is given young these days, and it's also recommended for certain adults, including people working in childcare. The adult schedule is here: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/downloads/adult/adult-schedule-easy-read-bw.pdf

That said, you might also want to consult your doctor. In particular, this is for people in North America, so it doesn't include some vaccines against tropical diseases (such as yellow fever), or the polio booster that's advised for visiting certain countries.
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I don't know if giving out recommendations for vaccines count as medical advice, but perhaps it had better be taken to PM so as not to ger this thread locked?
 
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My personal opinion of the film (what of it I was awake for) was that it was beyond awful; but tastes differ !

I'm glad I saw it but think it wasn't very good. Except for the last act, the big chase. That was pretty awesome, especially that they unselfconsciously used The William Tell Overture.

Also, the horse. It had to be 95% CGI, but Silver was definitely the star of the movie.

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I just learned a few minutes ago that adult humans need vaccines too.  I do not have medical records from my childhood and no idea what was given to me when but as we're about to leave the country we are required to get one vaccine and when the nurse heard my uncertain vaccination status (ie: I have not had a tetanus shot in 20+ years), she seemed shocked.  So now I get to schedule Yellow fever, typhoid, Hep A, and tetanus shots.  I'm going to be a pin cushion!

Is there a list of vaccines adult humans are supposed to receive?  I am always aware of my pets' vaccine status but it never occurred to me to get myself up-to-date.   :-\
Be aware that one or more of these might make you feel ill, similar to flu, as your immune system ramps up to churn out antibodies.
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My personal opinion of the film (what of it I was awake for) was that it was beyond awful; but tastes differ !

I'm glad I saw it but think it wasn't very good. Except for the last act, the big chase. That was pretty awesome, especially that they unselfconsciously used The William Tell Overture.

Also, the horse. It had to be 95% CGI, but Silver was definitely the star of the movie.

I'm afraid I thought the final chase scene was dire.  Mind you, I'm a railway enthusiast, which tends to spoil me for goofy and impossible stuff involving trains -- such as a horse being ridden along the roofs of the coaches (cars) -- even a magical spirit animal !  Well, life would be dull if all of us liked and disliked the same things...

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My personal opinion of the film (what of it I was awake for) was that it was beyond awful; but tastes differ !

I'm glad I saw it but think it wasn't very good. Except for the last act, the big chase. That was pretty awesome, especially that they unselfconsciously used The William Tell Overture.

Also, the horse. It had to be 95% CGI, but Silver was definitely the star of the movie.

I'm afraid I thought the final chase scene was dire.  Mind you, I'm a railway enthusiast, which tends to spoil me for goofy and impossible stuff involving trains -- such as a horse being ridden along the roofs of the coaches (cars) -- even a magical spirit animal !  Well, life would be dull if all of us liked and disliked the same things...

I'm sure this is an obvious thing that adults should know, but although I didn't see the movie when I saw the trailer I wondered why it isn't racist for Johnny Depp to be painting his face to play a Native American? I'm not from the US so maybe there's something I don't know, or perhaps the makeup wasn't as dire as the previews made it look...
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