Test Yourself: What Adult Needs What Vaccine?

Robert H. Hopkins, Jr., MD


August 06, 2014

What Vaccines Do You Need?

Annual influenza vaccine, hepatitis B vaccine (series of at least 3 doses), Tdap vaccine (once), and varicella vaccine (administration of 2 doses, or evidence of immunity) are recommended for all healthcare workers to reduce their own risk for illness, and the risk that they will transmit disease to patients. Healthcare workers with evidence of immunity to varicella do not need to be vaccinated. Evidence of varicella immunity for healthcare workers includes a history of varicella disease, a history of herpes zoster ("shingles"), or laboratory evidence of immunity or laboratory confirmation of disease.

In addition to the vaccines above, measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine is recommended for healthcare workers born after 1957 who lack laboratory evidence of immunity. For unvaccinated healthcare workers born before 1957 who lack laboratory evidence of MMR immunity or laboratory confirmation of disease, healthcare facilities should consider vaccination with 2 doses of MMR vaccine.


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