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Adult Immunization

Vaccines recommended for adults residing in the US are reviewed here. Vaccines for travel have been reviewed separately.1

Eight vaccines are currently recommended by the US Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) for routine use in adults at various ages: influenza, tetanus-diphtheria alone (Td) or combined with acellular pertussis (Tdap), human papillomavirus (HPV), varicella, zoster, measles/mumps/rubella (MMR), and pneumococcal polysaccharide. For some patients, pneumococcal conjugate, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, meningococcal, and Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) vaccines are also recommended.2

VACCINE PREPARATIONS

Live-attenuated vaccines use a weakened form of the pathogen, which replicates after administration to induce an immune response. Compared to inactivated vaccines, live-attenuated ... more      

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