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Special Considerations for Adults

Pregnancy and vaccines

If you are pregnant, there are vaccines that are important to get and vaccines to be avoided. You should discuss your vaccine needs with your health care professional. 

Learn more about vaccines and pregnancy»

Healthcare workers and vaccines

Because healthcare workers are more likely to be exposed to diseases than the general population, it is important for them to be up-to-date on their vaccines. The vaccines recommended for healthcare workers include influenza, MMR, varicella, and Tdap. Additionally, hepatitis B vaccine is recommended for healthcare workers that are exposed to blood or body fluids.

Travelers and vaccines

If you are traveling to another country, it is important to be up-to-date on vaccines against diseases that you may encounter on your trip.

Learn about a 4-step plan to help you prepare for your trip»

Child care workers and vaccines

Child care workers are recommended to get MMR, Tdap, varicella, influenza and hepatitis B vaccines. They should also receive the hepatitis A vaccine because many children with hepatitis A are not symptomatic and the disease can be spread from hand-to-mouth.

Egg allergies

Influenza and yellow fever vaccines are both made in eggs; the result is that they may contain small quantities of egg proteins. However, because the quantity of egg protein in these vaccines is not likely to cause an allergic reaction, people with egg allergies can receive the influenza vaccine. These people should wait at their doctor’s office for about 30 minutes after receiving the vaccine.

People who are allergic to eggs and require the yellow fever vaccine, should speak to their physicians before getting the yellow fever vaccine.

Learn about egg allergies and vaccines»

Updated: January 2013

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