Immunization Information for Every Age

Vaccinations for Your Family

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), immunization prevents 2-3 million deaths globally every year. What’s more — vaccinations help prevent lifelong health side effects and can help to eradicate certain diseases.

Here is a breakdown of the most common vaccines recommended for each age group:

Vaccines for Children

There are many different vaccines that children should receive as they get older — from a few months old to school age. Here are some of the most common vaccines:

  • DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis): This vaccine is given in a series of 5 shots, typically starting when a child is two months old. A booster shot is usually given at around 4-6 years old.
  • Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis): A booster shot of this vaccine is recommended for children 11-12 years old.
  • MMR (measles, mumps, rubella): This vaccine is typically given in 2 doses, the first at 12-15 months old and the second at 4-6 years old.
  • Varicella (chickenpox): This vaccine is typically given in 2 doses, the first at 12-15 months old and the second at 4-6 years old.
  • Influenza: An annual flu shot is recommended for all children six months and older.
  • COVID-19: Speak to your child’s doctor about the most updated information for pediatric COVID-19 vaccinations.

Vaccinations for Adults

Many patients believe that the vaccinations they need all occur when they’re children — but there are a few that are needed during adulthood as well:

  • Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis): Adults who have not previously received this vaccine should get one dose. Pregnant women are also recommended to receive one dose during each pregnancy.
  • MMR (measles, mumps, rubella): Adults born after 1957 who have not previously received this vaccine or do not have evidence of immunity should get one dose.
  • Varicella: Adults born after 1957 who have not previously received this vaccine or do not have proof of immunity should get two doses, 4-8 weeks apart.
  • Influenza: An annual flu shot is recommended for all adults.
  • Shingles: This vaccine is recommended for adults 50 years and older.
  • COVID-19: You should schedule your appointment if you have not been vaccinated and boosted.

Vaccines for Seniors

As we age, our immune systems weaken, and our bodies become more vulnerable to disease. Below is a list of vaccinations that are vital for adults as they grow older:

  • Flu: An annual flu shot is recommended for all seniors 65 years and older.
  • COVID-19: You should schedule your appointment if you have not been vaccinated and boosted. A second booster is also available for this group.
  • Pneumococcal: This vaccine is typically given as a series of 2 shots, the first at 65 years old and the second at least five years later. Seniors with certain medical conditions may need a booster shot as well.
  • Shingles: This vaccine is recommended for seniors 60 years and older.
  • Tdap: Seniors 65 years and older who have not previously received this vaccine should get one dose.

Supporting Your Family’s Health

Vaccines are one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family from serious diseases. For more information on vaccines and immunizations, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Ridgecrest Regional Hospital is dedicated to keeping your family happy and healthy — while providing exceptional medical care when it’s needed. For more questions on our primary care services, contact us today: (760) 446-3551