Meet the Vax Vials
WHO: Everyone 6 months & older should receive an annual flu shot
WHEN: Once each year. Best given in September or October, but can be given as late as February
WHAT: A respiratory illness often characterized by fever/chills, body aches, cough, sore throat, runny/ stuffy nose, &/or headache
MISC: A single shot, with a more potent version for people age 65+
WHO: Approved for adults age 50+, CDC recommended for adults 60+
WHEN: The 1st shot can be given at anytime, followed by a 2nd shot given 2-6 months later
WHAT: A painful rash (possibly severe) that can lead to residual nerve pain & sometimes vision loss
MISC: Shingles is not contagious, but can recur multiple times.
WHO: All children. All pregnant women. All adults.
WHEN: Boosters at age 5 & 12, then every 10 years. Also between 27-36 weeks gestation, & at least 2 weeks before seeing a newborn.
WHAT: "Whooping Cough" is a bacterial infection with severe cough and difficulty breathing.
MISC: TdaP also provides protection against tetanus.
WHO: All adults 65+. Any adult who smokes. People from 2-64 w/certain conditions.
WHEN: May be given at any time.
WHAT: Inflammation of the lungs caused by Strep. Pneumo. bacteria (this vaccine covers 23 serotypes)
MISC: Pneumonia can be caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi, and more. Before vaccines, the Strep. Pneumo. bacteria caused 90% of cases.