Tami Hendriksz, Philip Malouf, James E. Foy. Vaccines for Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Varicella, and Herpes Zoster: Immunization Guidelines for Adults. J Am Osteopath Assoc 2011;111(10_suppl_6):S10–S12. doi: .
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Although vaccinations are most commonly associated with the pediatric population, it is important for healthcare professionals to be familiar with the vaccines that are recommended for adults. The authors discuss 3 vaccines—the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine, the varicella vaccine, and the herpes zoster vaccine—including information about the diseases and complications that they protect against. Two doses, separated by 4 weeks, of both the MMR and varicella vaccines are recommended for all adults who do not have immunization or contraindications. All adults aged 60 years or older should receive a single dose of the herpes zoster vaccine unless they have contraindications. These 3 vaccines offer protection from illnesses that can have serious sequelae and substantial public health implications.
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