7. Herpes Zoster (Shingles)
The CDC recommends the shingles vaccine for adults age 50 and older. This vaccine prevents the painful condition known as shingles or herpes zoster. Shingles is a viral infection that may cause a rash and nerve pain. It often occurs on one side of the affected person’s torso. The Mayo Clinic lists pain, burning, numbness, pus-filled blisters, and itching as signs of shingles. Risk factors for shingles include a prior chickenpox infection, age over 50, a weakened immune system, and radiation or chemotherapy. The CDC recommends adults over the age of 50 obtain two doses of the Shingrix vaccine.
6. Varicella (Chickenpox)
The CDC recommends two doses of varicella vaccine for adults born after 1980 who have not had either chickenpox infection or the varicella vaccine. The CDC lists several serious side effects or complications of chickenpox infection. These include Group A strep skin infections, pneumonia, encephalitis, bleeding disorders, sepsis, dehydration, and death. You may have heard that some patients get chickenpox despite vaccination. However, if a person contracts chickenpox despite vaccination, the uncomfortable symptoms of itching, blistering, and fever are usually less severe. Furthermore, vaccinated patients usually experience a faster recovery.
5. Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
The CDC recommends two doses of HPV vaccinations for females age 19 to 26 and males age 19 to 21. The number of doses depends on the age of the first vaccination. Men between the ages of 22 and 26 may benefit from the HPV vaccine if they have certain risk factors. The CDC recommends obtaining the first dose of HPV vaccine at around age 11. According to Medline Plus, HPV refers to a group of viruses that people contract through sexual contact. These viruses can cause genital warts. Additionally, HPV can lead to various types of cancer, including cervical, anal, vaginal, penile, and throat cancer.