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Vaccinations -- They're Not Just For Kids

Catch Up on Your Missed Childhood Vaccines

If you're like most adults, chances are good you haven't received all the vaccinations recommended for children nowadays. The good news is it's not too late to catch up. Here is a list of the vaccines you may need:
 
  • The varicella vaccine (Varivax®). This vaccine is given in two doses to prevent chickenpox. If you haven't had chickenpox and haven't yet received two doses of the chickenpox vaccine, you'll probably need to get it. If you're pregnant, you'll want to hold off until after your pregnancy.  
 
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. The HPV vaccine is given in three doses to protect against an infection with HPV, a virus that can cause genital warts and certain cancers, like cervical cancer, vulvar cancer, vaginal cancer, and anal cancer. Getting the HPV vaccine can help prevent these problems.

    The vaccine is recommended for women up to age 27 and men up to age 22 who have not yet received three doses. Men who are 22 through 26 years old can also receive the vaccine, especially if they have sex with other men or have a condition that weakens their immune system (like an HIV infection).
 
  • Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine. This vaccine protects against three contagious infections caused by viruses. If you were born during or after 1957, haven't had these infections, and haven't yet received the MMR vaccine, you'll need at least one dose. Some people may need a second dose, like college students, healthcare workers, or people who are planning to travel internationally. If you're pregnant, you'll need to hold off getting this vaccine until after your pregnancy.  
 
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