Hurtt Family Health Clinic provides affordable adult immunizations. As a low income medical clinic, our programs allow patients to receive various family healthcare services at highly affordable rates, including vaccinations for all ages.
Vaccines are not just for children. As you grow older, you get exposed to risks of diseases from traveling, working, acquired habits, aging and other factors. Moreover, the protection you received from your childhood immunizations can diminish over time.
The kind of vaccinations you need depends on your age, gender, lifestyle, medical history and other factors. Each year, various medical associations, including the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the American College of Physicians, and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists, recommend adult immunization schedules for the year.
Recommended adult immunizations
Influenza, or flu, is a highly contagious respiratory illness, which, in severe cases, can lead to fatal complications. People aged 65 and older, those with chronic diseases, pregnant women and young children are most susceptible to developing serious complications due to flu. The CDC recommends that everyone from 6 months and older should get annual flu vaccinations. Flu vaccines are updated every year to be responsive to the always changing flu viruses.
Td or Tdap vaccine
The CDC also recommends that all children and adults get vaccination for tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough or pertussis. These diseases are caused by various bacteria, and can have fatal results. Infants less than one year old are highly susceptible to the effects of pertussis.
Children 6 years and younger are given DTaP (Diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis) vaccines. Teens and adults are given Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) once, then Td (Tetanus and diphtheria) booster shots every 10 years. Tdap vaccine is also recommended during pregnancy.
HPV or human papillomavirus is a common virus that’s typically transmitted sexually. It can cause cervical cancer, as well as certain rare cancers like vaginal and anal cancer.
The CDC recommends that children 11 to 12 years old get two doses of HPV vaccines. Those who haven’t received the vaccine as children should have it as adults, specifically women up to 26 years old and men up to 21 years old. The number of doses depends on the person’s sex, age, and any previous HPV vaccination.
This protects the body against pneumococcal disease, which can lead to infections of the ear, sinus and bloodstream, as well as pneumonia. There are two types of pneumococcal vaccines:
Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine
This is given to adults 65 years and older, and 2 to 64 year olds with specific medical conditions.
Pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine
This is given to adults 65 years and older, 2 to 64 year olds with specific medical conditions, and 19 to 64 year olds who smoke cigarettes.
Shingles (herpes zoster) vaccines
This vaccine protects from shingles, which typically afflicts those who have recovered from chickenpox. Adults aged 60 and above are the most susceptible to this disease, so a shingles – or zoster – vaccine is recommended for them.
In addition to the mentioned vaccines, you may need other immunizations for various purposes, such as traveling, work requirements and state requirements. The board certified doctors at Hurtt Family Health Clinic can help you identify and receive the appropriate immunizations for your specific needs.
Hurtt Family Health Clinic also offers child immunizations and free vaccine programs. To learn more about our immunization process, make an appointment at any of our Tustin, Santa Ana or Anaheim clinics.