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What Vaccines Are Best for Me? There are two pneumonia vaccines that you should consider getting if you have heart disease: the PCV13 and PPSV23 vaccines. Your doctor will know which ones to give you, and when to give them. While the pneumonia vaccines are very important, they are not the only ones people with heart disease should get. You should get an influenza vaccine every year, especially if you have heart disease. Remember, pneumonia can follow a case of the flu. You can ask to receive the pneumonia vaccines at that time. Other vaccines all adults should get (unless your doctor recommends against it) include: • Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis)—this helps prevent infections from cuts, croup, and whooping cough • Meningococcal (if your doctor recommends it)—this helps prevent infections in the brain and spinal cord, as well as blood poisoning. Meningococcus is extremely contagious and causes meningitis outbreaks on college campuses and among military recruits. • Shingles—a remnant of chicken pox that affects older people And, if you didn’t receive these as a child, you should consider getting these now: • MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)—required by law • Chickenpox • HPV (human papilloma virus—for girls, women, boys, and men up to the age of 27) • Hepatitis A • Hepatitis B • Rabies—preventive vaccine for people at higher risk of exposure to rabies 10


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