You're never too old to get immunized!
Your need for immunizations does not end when you reach adulthood. The specific shots (injections) you need as an adult depend not only on your age, lifestyle, overall health, pregnancy status, and travel plans but also on whom you are in close contact with and what vaccines you had as a child. Tetanus and diphtheria shots need to be repeated every 10 years throughout adulthood in order to keep your immunity.
Many people don’t realize the important role vaccines can play in keeping adults healthy. But they need to — influenza, pneumonia, hepatitis B, cervical cancer, shingles and whooping cough are all adult diseases that can be prevented by vaccines. Each year, vaccine-preventable diseases kill more Americans than traffic accidents, breast cancer, and HIV/AIDS. Millions of people get sick, leading to missed work, not being able to care for those who depend on them, and passing the illness on to others. Surprisingly, adults are 100 times more likely than children to die of diseases that vaccines can prevent. Each year in the United States, vaccine-preventable diseases claim the lives of 500 children and approximately 50,000 adults.
When are adult vaccines available?
Adult immunizations are given by appointment only, on Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 8 a.m. - Noon and 1 - 4 p.m. and until 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month. To make an appointment for adult immunizations, call the medical clinic at 740-399-8009.
Danville Immunization Clinic: Immunizations for adults are also offered by appointment only on the 2nd Thursday of the month from 3- 6 p.m. at The Sanctuary, 304 S. Market St., Danville. To make an appointment for the Danville clinic, call 599-7224.
What’s the Cost
The chart below lists costs for some adult vaccines. Because the prices change, we suggest you verify the cost when you make your appointment. We accept cash, checks, money orders, debit or credit cards as well as several insurance plans for payment. Make checks and money orders payable to the Knox County Health Department.
There is a $10 additional fee for those who live outside of Knox County
The information below is provided directly from the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website
Vaccines and Adults: A Lifetime of Health
10 Reasons for Adults to be Vaccinated
Immunization Action Coalition