Fulton County Health Services Promotes Adult Immunizations | Print |

Immunizations are not just for children.  Adults also need to be current with their vaccinations.   In recognition of National Immunization Month, Fulton County Health Services is promoting adult immunizations.   Immunizations are important so that adults may protect themselves and those they are in close contact with from serious diseases and illnesses.  

The need for adult immunizations is determined by factors such as age, lifestyle, high-risk conditions, type and locations of travel, and previous immunizations. Throughout an adult’s life, immunizations are needed to maintain protection against diseases and illnesses such as the flu, tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, and shingles.   Adults should talk to their health care provider about needed vaccines.

According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, between 40,000 to 50,000 adults die annually from vaccine preventable diseases.   The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has estimated the direct health care burden of adult vaccine preventable diseases to be about $10 billion annually.

The CDC recommends the following immunization schedule for adults 19 years and older:

Vaccine                                                                                                                     Age Groups

19-26 yrs

27-49 yrs

50-59 yrs

60-64 yrs

≥65

Influenza (Flu)

X

X

X

X

X

Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Td/Tdap)

(Substitute 1-time dose of Tdap for Td booster then boost with Td every 10 years; ≥65 boost with Td every 10 years)

X

X

X

X

X

Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

(3 doses - females)

X

Zoster  (Shingles) (1 dose)

X

X

Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)

(1 or 2 doses 19-49 yrs; 1 dose 50- 65+ yrs)

X

X

X

X

X

Influenza (1 dose annually)

X

X

X

X

X

Pneumococcal

(1 or 2 doses 19-64 yrs; 1 dose 65+ yrs)

X

X

X

X

X

Hepatitis A (2 doses)

X

X

X

X

X

Hepatitis B (3 doses)

X

X

X

X

X

Meniningococcal (1 or more doses)

X

X

X

X

X

Adults need vaccinations for new diseases and “booster” shots for diseases they were vaccinated against as children because immunity may decrease over time. In addition, new vaccines are being developed against old diseases, and adults can benefit from these vaccines as they become available.

Effective tracking of adult immunizations is important to help avoid getting redundant or unnecessary vaccinations.   In Georgia, adults can track their immunizations by registering with the Georgia Registry of Immunization Transaction and Services (GRITS).   GRITS provides quick access to a complete immunization history.

Adult vaccinations are available at Fulton County health centers.   Fees are assessed on a sliding fee scale based on income.

Fulton County health center locations:

·     Adamsville Regional Health Center – 3700 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.,  Atlanta, 404-612-4215            

·     College Park Regional Health Center -1920 John E. Wesley Ave., College Park, 404-765-4155

·     Center for Health and Rehabilitation – 265 Boulevard, NE, Atlanta, 404-612-5835

·     Neighborhood Union Health Center – 186 Sunset Ave., NW, Atlanta, 404-612-4665

·     North Fulton Regional Health Center – 3155 Royal Drive, Alpharetta, 404-332-1834

For more information about immunizations and county health centers, visit www.fultoncountygahealth.org.   Visit www.cdc.gov for more information about adult immunizations.  For more information about GRITS, visit the Georgia Immunization Program Website http://dph.georgia.gov/immunization-section or call 404-657-3158.