Chapter

Adult Immunizations

Priya Sampathkumar

in Mayo Clinic Infectious Diseases Board Review

Published on behalf of © Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199827626
Published online June 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199929641 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199827626.003.0044

Series: Mayo Clinic Scientific Press

Adult Immunizations

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No vaccine is 100 % effective or completely safe. All vaccines are associated with risks and benefits that need to be balanced against each other. Personal benefits include protection from illness, improved quality of life, and prevention of death. Societal benefits include creation of herd immunity, prevention of disease outbreaks, and a decrease in health care costs. Vaccines are recommended for the youngest age group of people at risk of the disease for whom safety and efficacy data are available. Detailed schedules are published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Immunization Program for both adults and children. These schedules should be adhered to as much as possible Specific vaccines administered in adulthood are reviewed.

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Subjects: Infectious Diseases

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