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J Int Soc Prev Community Dent. 2016 Jul-Aug;6(4):272-7. doi: 10.4103/2231-0762.186797.

Adult immunization-Need of the hour.

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Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Sibar Institute of Dental Sciences, Andhra Pradesh, India.
Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Allergy Immunology and Gastroenterology, Tufts Medical Center, Boston, Masachuttes, United States of America.


Immunization is the process or the act of making individuals immune, which is usually done during childhood. Everyone is aware about immunization during childhood, however, very few know about adult immunization. This led us to review the adult immunization literature for the preventive strategies through various vaccination protocols. Adults do require vaccination protocols with booster doses for hepatitis B, Shingles, communicable diseases, traveler's diseases, etc. In this context, this article revises much of the available adult immunization literature and presents comprehensive guidelines. This article will increase the awareness regarding the importance of vaccination for adults to prevent a variety of conditions prevalent in our country as well as epidemics. The article comprehensively provides insights into the available vaccination and preventive strategy of human papilloma virus (HPV), hepatitis, and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection in this part of the review. We strongly recommend all the health care professionals to educate their co-professionals and the public to use the benefits of adult immunization. It is the need of the hour and reduces the burden of treatment and increases productivity.


Communicable diseases; hepatitis; human immunodeficiency virus; human papilloma virus; prevention; vaccination

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