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Adults 19+

  • COVID-19
  • Flu
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis A & B combination
  • Human Papillomavirus - HPV (adults ≤ 45)
  • Pneumonia (adults with certain risk factors)
  • Shingles (adults 50+ or with certain risk factors)
  • Tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough - Tdap & Td

For a full immunization schedule for adults, check with the CDC or download the CDC's adult combined vaccine schedule

• COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2)

• Flu (influenza)

• Shingles (herpes zoster)

• Pneumonia (pneumococcal)

• Tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough (Tdap & Td)

 

For a full immunization schedule for adults, check with the CDC or download the CDC's adult combined vaccine schedule.

• COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2)

• Flu (influenza)

• Chicken pox (varicella)

• Hib (Haemophilus influenzae)

• Meningitis (meningococcal)

• MMR (measles, mumps and rubella)

• Tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough (Tdap & Td)

 

For a full immunization schedule for kids, check with the CDC or download the CDC child vaccine schedule.

• COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2)

• Flu (influenza)

• Cholera

• Hepatitis A

• Hepatitis B

• Hepatitis A & B combination

• Japanese encephalitis

• Meningitis (meningococcal)

• Polio

• Rabies

• Typhoid

• Yellow Fever

 

Schedule a travel health consultation with our travel medicine specialists so you can get the required and recommended immunizations and fill any prescription medications you may need while traveling.

Available Immunizations

The flu virus can cause fever, sore throat, cough, chills, headache, and muscle aches. It’s important to know that flu can be serious, even for healthy individuals. Flu vaccination is especially important for adults over age 65 or those with health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, or other chronic illnesses.

  • All children and adults age 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine every year.

Hepatitis A is a liver disease which can cause nausea, vomiting, and a number of more serious symptoms. It is spread by the consumption of contaminated food or water and through occupational or personal contact with infected animals or humans. It is not a lifelong disease. The best way to prevent Hepatitis A is by getting the vaccine.

  • All children should get the Hepatitis A vaccine at age of 1 year. 
  • All unvaccinated adults should get the Hepatitis A vaccine if they are in the high-risk group or travelling to a location where the vaccination is recommended.

Hepatitis B is a serious disease caused by a virus that attacks the liver. It is spread by contact with blood or other bodily fluid of a person who is already infected. The Hepatitis B virus can cause lifelong infection or death. It is the leading cause of liver cancer and cirrhosis (scarring) of the liver. There is no cure for Hepatitis B and the best way to prevent it is by getting a vaccine. Recommended for:

  • All adults aged 19-59.
  • Adults 60+ with risk factors including diabetes, kidney disease, or liver disease, as well as people with sexual partners with Hep B, who travel or work in countries with high rates of Hep B, or who share needles or syringes. 
  • Babies in a series of 3-4 shots over a 6-month period. 
  • All children and adolescents younger than 19 years of age who have not yet gotten the vaccine.


HPV (human papillomavirus) can cause certain cancers and disease including cervical cancer and genital warts. HPV is spread through intimate skin-to-skin contact. Vaccination can help prevent certain HPV infections.

  • All children 11 or 12 years of age should get 2 doses of the HPV vaccine.
  • All unvaccinated adolescents and adults age 15 to 26 years should get 3 doses of the HPV vaccine.
  • Unvaccinated adults 27-45 should evaluate their risk and discuss with their pharmacist to determine if they should receive the vaccine. 

Measles, mumps, and rubella are infections that can lead to significant illness. More than 95% of children receiving the MMR vaccine will be protected from the three diseases throughout their lives.

  • All children should get the first dose of MMR vaccine at age 12 to 15 months and second dose at age 4 to 6 years.
  • All adults with no evidence of immunity should get 1 dose the MMR vaccine and 2 doses if in the high-risk group.

Bacteria in the lining of the brain and spinal cord can cause meningitis. The meningitis bacteria are spread by cough and saliva. Infection can progress to death within 24-48 hours or lead to permanent disabilities such as hearing loss, brain damage, or loss of limbs. Vaccinations can help prevent this infection.

  • All children and adolescents should get the first dose at age 11 or 12 years and a second dose at age 16 years. 
  • Adolescents and young adults age 16 to 23 years may also be vaccinated with a meningococcal serogroup B vaccine, preferably at 16 to 18 years old.

Pneumonia is a serious, sometimes fatal, lung infection that causes fever, cough, or difficulty breathing. Pneumonia is spread by tiny droplets in the air after an infected person coughs or sneezes. You can protect yourself by getting vaccinated at any time of the year for long-term protection of the disease. Recommended for:

  • All adults 65+
  • Adults 18+ with risk factors including diabetes, chronic lung disease, chronic heart disease, asthma, COPD, autoimmune disease, and others.
  • Babies and children younger than 2.

Shingles is a painful skin rash that typically produces a painful rash that blisters and can last up to 30 days. Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. If you’ve had chickenpox, you have the shingles virus inside you already, but it is inactive. As you get older, your immune system naturally weakens, increasing your risk of the virus reactivating as shingles. Vaccination is the best way to avoid getting shingles. Recommended for:

  • All adults 50+ should receive 2 doses 2-6 months apart.
  • Adults 19+ who are immunocompromised or may become immunocompromised.

Tetanus, also known as lockjaw, is a serious but preventable disease that affects the body's muscles and nerves. It causes a person’s neck and jaw muscles to lock, making it hard to open the mouth or swallow. Getting vaccinated can prevent tetanus.

  • All children should get the first series of tetanus shots starting at age of 2 months.
  • All children should get the next tetanus shot at age 11 to 12 years.
  • All adults should get a tetanus shot every 10 years.

Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, affects the respiratory tract causing excessive coughing fits that can disturb normal breathing. It is highly contagious and can spread through coughing or sneezing. Vaccination can help prevent whooping cough.

  • All children should get the Tdap vaccine at age 11 to 12 years.
  • All unvaccinated adults should get 1 dose of the Tdap vaccine.
  • All pregnant women should get 1 dose of the Tdap vaccine during each pregnancy, preferably in gestational weeks 27 to 36. 

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