Learn which vaccinations are recommended for adults and children, and get answers to other common questions about vaccines from your primary care doctor in Kentucky.
Vaccines provide protection from infectious diseases. The information below, provided by your KentuckyCare primary care doctor, is to help you be aware of vaccines recommended for adults and children.
Vaccinations use a dead or weakened antigen, which is a small bit of the bacteria or virus, administered to help trigger a response from your body’s immune system.
Recommended Vaccinations for Adults
Vaccines are recommended for an adult based on health, age, prior vaccinations, occupation, lifestyle, and travel locations. The CDC vaccination schedule is updated with changes each year. To find out which vaccines you currently need, check the CDC website.
Various factors affect whether or not you may need certain vaccinations. Discuss immunizations at your annual doctor checkup if you:
- Have recently received another vaccine
- Have recently received a blood transfusion or other blood products
- Are breastfeeding
- Might be pregnant
- Plan to travel outside the U.S.
- Have a chronic illness
- Are currently ill
- Work where you may become exposed
- Have a serious allergy of some kind
- Have had a severe allergic reaction to a vaccine you previously received
- Have a weakened immune system
- Are receiving treatment with an immunosuppressant
- Have had seizures, or have a family history of seizures
- Have had a condition in which your immune system attacked your nerves (for example, Guillain-Barre syndrome)
- Have had your spleen removed
HPV Vaccine — Especially for young men until age 21 and for women until age 26.
Other Vaccines — Depending upon your level of sexual activity, to protect you and others from hepatitis A and hepatitis B, which can be spread through sexual contact.
Flu Vaccination — Especially for elderly adults or individuals who have certain types of chronic illnesses.
Recommended Children’s Vaccinations
Missing your children’s immunizations exposes them to many dangerous or even deadly diseases. The usual series of children’s vaccinations are usually completed by age 6. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the following vaccinations for children:
- Varicella (Chickenpox)
- Haemophilus Influenza B
- Human Papilloma Virus
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
Concerns About Children’s Vaccines
Vaccines allow children to develop immunities with minimal risk in comparison to actual infection. Babies can receive multiple vaccinations at once. Every day, babies are exposed to new antigens, and vaccines contain only a fraction of what they are exposed to in their environment.
Side Effects — In nearly all cases, side effects of children’s vaccines are minor. These can include a headache, low-grade fever, appetite loss, irritability, fatigue, and injection site soreness. The risks of serious side effects are much less than the risks of not having your child vaccinated.
Special Conditions — Some individuals should not receive vaccines. Discuss vaccinations with your doctor.
Autism — There is no link between vaccinations and autism. The same journal that made the autism claim has since refuted it, as have a number of other reputable scientific journals.
Your Primary Care Doctor in Kentucky
High-quality family healthcare is available for everyone at KentuckyCare. We provide lifelong medical care and access to our extensive network of specialists. We never turn away patients based on their ability to pay. For more information about immunizations for adults or children, contact (866) 810-7602 to schedule your annual doctor checkup with a Kentucky family doctor near you.