When to end immunizations

At what age do immunizations end?

For the most part, by the time a child has turned 16. For a healthy child, who typically receives all the recommended immunizations on schedule, the last one is the tetanus/diphtheria booster (Td). After that, he or she should receive a Td shot every 10 years, for life. (We still have cases of tetanus, most often in the elderly.)

That’s not the whole story, though. Children, teens and adults with underlying chronic illnesses require more specific immunizations. Some might be candidates for annual influenza vaccine, others are children who’ve had their spleens removed and should receive pneumococcal vaccine, and still others are those who travel outside of the country. Check with your doctor or pediatrician.

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