At Elite Care Internal Medicine, we believe that the prevention of disease is a key to staying healthy.
Therefore, your need for immunization does not end when you reach adulthood. The shots you need as an adult are determined by age, health conditions, life styles and previous immunizations.
Pneumonia Vaccine: Pneumovax is given to all people who 65 years of age or older. It is also recommended for patients with chronic diseases, such as lung, heart or kidney disease, diabetes and patients who do not have a spleen or have a damaged spleen.
Flu Vaccine: Immunization with inactivated flu vaccine (shot) is recommended for pregnant women, adults who are 50 years of age and older, and those with chronic medical problems like asthma, diabetes, kidney disease, chronic heart and lung problems. It is also recommended for patients with impaired immunity like cancer. A flu shot is recommended every year for prevention.
Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis Vaccine (Tdap): For routine prevention, adults between the ages of 18 and 64 should have on dose of this booster, instead of a Td (tetanus and diphtheria) vaccine. A Tdap vaccine is given if it has been at least ten years since a person's last Td booster. For people who are at risk of pertussis, like health care providers and adults who come in close contact with infants, the CDC recommends getting Tdap in a period as short as two years from the last dose of Td. It is available in two forms: Adacel and Boostrix.
Hepatitis Vaccine: A combination vaccine (Twinrix) is available for patients at risk for both Hepatitis A and B and is approved for those who are 18 years and older. It is given as three doses over a period of six months. Alternatively, shots can be given as three doses over a period of 30 days with a booster in 12 months.
HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) Vaccine: Gardasil is approved for prevention of cervical cancers and genital warts for males and females between the ages of nine and 26 years old. It is given as three shots over a period of six months.
Shingles Vaccine: Zostavax is approved for the prevention of shingles for those who are 60 years of age and older.
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If you need immunizations, vaccines or flu shots please contact us at 770.667.0810 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Priya Palliyil.