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Florida specialist explains vaccines for adults

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MIAMI, Fla. – While many vaccinations last a life time,  others need boosters as the years go on. Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Giorgio Tarchini, with Cleveland Clinic Florida, says the tetanus vaccine should be repeated every 10 years.

"The main concern with tetanus is after any cuts especially deep penetrating injury so working a workbench so things like that," he said.

For those who travel to certain countries outside the United States, vaccination against Hepatitis A can provide important protection against food borne illness.

"It's a short limited illness it could be dangerous in some cases fatal however it doesn't become a chronic disease," explained Tarchini.

Hepatitis B, which is sexually transmitted, can become a chronic disease. Tarchini says most children born in the United States after 1981 have been vaccinated against Hep B, but people born before then may be at risk.

"I do see patients who weren't even aware they have Hep B and we screen them and find out they have the disease," he said.

And if you were born in the U.S. after 1957, you should be sure to have at least one, perhaps two vaccinations against measles, mumps and rubella.  Make sure you talk with your doctor.

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