Homelessness places you at a higher risk for catching certain illnesses but receiving your vaccinations is one of the best ways to protect yourself. Even though you may have received vaccines as a child, many will need to be boosted as an adult. To put things in perspective, more than 50,000 adults die in the USA every year from pneumonia and the flu, both of which could be prevented with vaccination.
Children’s Vaccine Schedule
Children are at extremely high risk for catching infections that are normally prevented by vaccines. Making sure your children are adequately vaccinated is also necessary for school enrollment. For this reason, many programs and free clinics exist that provide free vaccination for children. For a list of free clinics see the resources section at the end of the booklet or ask your child’s school for more information.
Children may also receive essential vaccinations for free through San Bernardino County Vaccines for Children program. Call 1-800-722-4777 for more information.
Common Adult Vaccines
Bolded vaccines are most important among homeless individuals.
|Vaccine Name||Who needs it?|
|Hepatitis A||All adults that are not immune|
|Hepatitis B||All adults who are not already immune|
|Tdap/td (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis)||Booster is needed every 10 years|
|Pneumonia (PCV13 and PPSV23)||All adults older than 65|
|Influenza (flu)||Everyone, every year|
|Rabies||May be needed after animal bites|
|HPV Series||Women under age 26|
|Varicella (chicken pox)||Not needed if you had chickenpox as a child|
|MMR (mumps, measles, rubella||All adults who have not received one in the past|
|Herpes Zoster||All adults 60 or above|