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Adult Vaccinations

Adult Vaccinations

Vaccinations are not just for children - adults need them, too. The purpose of immunizations is to stimulate the body to produce antibodies to diseases.  This is accomplished when weakened viruses/bacteria are introduced into the body by a vaccine. (Examples of vaccinations given are those to prevent measles, rubella, mumps, pertussis and meningitis.)  Although most of us received vaccinations as children, there are still many children who were not properly vaccinated, leaving open the possibility for outbreaks of disease.  In addition, there are many adults who were not sufficiently vaccinated or whose immunity to certain diseases has diminished over time. 

The CDC recommends the following vaccinations for adults ages 19-26:

Tdap: protects against tetanus-diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough). Recommended for adults age 19 and older, especially those in close contact with infants. Also given to expectant mothers during pregnancy.

Meningitis: recommended for college freshman who live in on-campus dwellings. Meningitis is a serious bacterial infection that can affect the covering of the brain and spinal cord.   It can cause death and or permanent disabilities.

HPV: a three-dose vaccine recommended for ages 9-26 to protect against genital warts, and cervical/anal cancers. A vaccine is also available for men.

Seasonal Flu: recommended annually. Health Services usually holds a flu vaccine clinic each year during the fall semester.

Studying abroad, or traveling outside of the country? Vaccines recommended for travel outside of the country

For further information please see the following links:

Meningococcal Vaccines

Vaccine recommendations for those caring for young children

For college students and young adults

Also, please see the Calcasieu Parish Health Unit link for days and times of vaccination clinics.