• By Jennifer O'Hara

Not just for kids — adults need vaccinations, too

April 18, 2019
adult receiving a vaccination in the arm

Vaccinations often are thought of as a childhood recommendation, but there are important vaccinations for adults, too. Between 50,000 and 100,000 Americans die each year from vaccine-preventable diseases, such as flu and pneumonia, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC recently simplified the adult immunization schedule, making it easier for providers to access and understand the recommendations, with the goal of improving vaccination rates among adults. 

On the next Mayo Clinic Radio program, Dr. Gregory Poland, a Mayo Clinic vaccine researcher, will cover adult vaccinations, including what you need and when you need it. Dr. Poland also will give an update on the flu season and research on a new universal flu vaccine. Also on the program, Dr. Stephen Kopecky, a Mayo Clinic cardiologist, will discuss aspirin, eggs and heart disease. And Dr. Mitchell Humphreys, a Mayo Clinic urologist, will discuss the painful problem of kidney stones.

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