Test Yourself: What Adult Needs What Vaccine?

Robert H. Hopkins, Jr., MD


August 06, 2014


Tdap is the only vaccine in this list that is indicated in nearly all adults. One dose of Tdap should be administered in place of one Td booster for all adults, and then subsequent Td boosters should be given every 10 years. Pregnant women are an exception: They should receive a Tdap booster during each pregnancy. The other vaccines listed above are indicated in selected adults, but not in "nearly all" adults.

Zoster vaccine, which was not one of the options, is another vaccine recommended for adults 60 years of age or older without a known severe immunodeficiency.


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