General

  • What vaccines are there for adults?

    There are a total of 17 vaccines available for adults. The vaccines you need as an adult are determined by many factors including your age, lifestyle, health condition, and which vaccines you’ve received during your life. As an adult, vaccines are recommended for protection against:

    • Influenza (flu)
    • Pertussis (whooping cough) 
    • Tetanus 
    • Diphtheria
    • Shingles
    • Pneumococcal disease
    • Human papillomavirus (HPV) (which causes Cervical Cancer)
    • Hib (Haemophilus influenzae type b)
    • Polio
    • Meningococcal disease
    • Hepatitis A 
    • Hepatitis B
    • Chicken Pox
    • Measles
    • Mumps
    • Rubella 
    • Rotavirus
    • Japanese encephalitis

  • How effective are vaccines?

    Each vaccine has its own effectiveness. In cases like hepatitis A, measles and rubella, >99% of adults develop protective antibodies, while in cases like HPV and chickenpox, the effectiveness is over 90%. Most people who get the vaccine don't get the disease — and those who do usually get a much milder version of the disease. In today’s world, vaccines are the most important after clean drinking water.

  • I’m traveling abroad, what vaccinations do I need?

    Each country/ region has its own requirements, depending upon several factors. Some of the common travel vaccines are:

      • Hepatitis A
      • Hepatitis B
      • Typhoid and paratyphoid fever
      • Meningococcal disease
      • Yellow Fever
      • Rabies
      • Japanese Encephalitis

     

    Whether or not you may need one or more of these vaccines depends on multiple factors


  • Are there vaccines that protect adults against communicable diseases?

    Yes! 17 vaccines are available and recommended to protect adults from many infections, including influenza (flu), pneumococcal disease, herpes zoster (shingles), human papillomavirus (HPV), pertussis (whooping cough), hepatitis A and hepatitis B. Vaccinations against some less common diseases such as measles, mumps, rubella (German measles), tetanus (lockjaw), diphtheria and varicella (chickenpox) are also needed by some adults.

  • Where can I find additional information on adult vaccinations?

    Leading global healthcare websites generally have frequently updated details on adult vaccines: 

    https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/

    https://www.who.int/health-topics/vaccines-and-immunization#tab=tab_1


Why Vaccinate

  • If I have suffered from a disease, should I still take its vaccine?

    The answer varies from disease to disease

    • Chickenpox, hepatitis B, measles, etc - You do not need to get vaccinated once you’ve had the disease
    • Flu, pertussis, shingles, etc - Suffering from the disease will not provide you lifetime immunity

  • I had taken vaccines as a kid, why do I still need these?

    Not all vaccines provide lifetime immunity. Some diseases are more resilient than others. Over time the body can lose the antibodies first provided by a vaccination, leaving it open to the disease once again. After an initial vaccination, the body sometimes needs a wake-up call to continue preventing a disease in the form of a booster shot.Additionally, few vaccines are particularly recommended for adults

  • I don’t know anybody who has had these diseases. Why do I need these vaccines?

    Although vaccines have dramatically reduced the number of people who get infectious diseases and the complications these diseases produce, the viruses and bacteria that cause vaccine-preventable diseases and death still exist. Without vaccines, epidemics of vaccine-preventable diseases would return.

  • What are the risks of not vaccinating?

    No vaccination:

      • Means a very high risk of catching and having symptoms of the disease. Complications could even prove fatal
      • Causes the spread to become exponential if other people in the community are not vaccinated either
      • Might result in isolation and quarantine

Vaccine Safety

  • What are the possible side effects of adult vaccines?

    The most common side effects after vaccination are mild. They include:

      • Pain, swelling, or redness where the shot was given
      • Mild fever and chills
      • Feeling tired
      • Headache
      • Muscle and joint aches

  • What all vaccines are relevant before, during or after pregnancy?

    There are multiple vaccines recommended during pregnancy. But we strongly recommend you to consult with your doctor before getting yourself vaccinated

    - Before pregnancy:

    Protect yourself against rubella with the MMR vaccine. Avoid becoming pregnant until one month after receiving the MMR vaccine and until your immunity is confirmed by a blood test.

    During pregnancy:

    A pregnant woman should get vaccinated against whooping cough and flu during each pregnancy. Others like meningococcal vaccination, hepatitis A and hepatitis B might be recommended by the doctor.

    After pregnancy:

    Postpartum vaccination will help protect moms from getting sick, and they will pass some antibodies to the baby through breastmilk. Vaccination after pregnancy is especially important if moms did not receive certain vaccines before or during pregnancy.


  • Is it safe to get multiple vaccinations during a single visit to the doctor?

    It is considered perfectly safe to administer multiple shots, often up to seven, at the same time to people of all age groups but we recommend you to consult with a doctor.

  • Are these recommended by doctors or the government?

    Yes, vaccines are recommended by both doctors and the government

  • Are vaccines unsafe for some people?

    Vaccines have turned out to be a life-saver in maximum cases but in the below mentioned cases you might not be able to take a vaccine. Tell your vaccine provider if the person getting the vaccine:

      • Has had an allergic reaction after a previous dose of the vaccine or has any severe, life-threatening allergies. 
      • Has a weakened immune system.
      • Is pregnant, breastfeeding or thinks she might be pregnant.
      • Has a history of the disease.
      • Has other underlying medical conditions
      • Is taking or has recently taken antibiotics.
      • Has gotten any other vaccines in the recent past.
      • Has ever had Guillain-Barré Syndrome (also called GBS)
      • Is taking, or plans to take salicylates (such as aspirin)
      • Has recently had a blood transfusion or received other blood products

  • Is it safe to repeat vaccines?

    Yes, it is safe to repeat vaccines if you’re not sure you've taken them.

Vaccine Access

  • I don’t remember what all vaccines I have taken, what to do?

    In most cases, if you are unsure if your child received a vaccine, then it can be simply repeated

  • Are Vaccines covered under Insurance?

    The answer varies from policy to policy:

    • Insurances with OPD cover have vaccines included
    • Vaccines post surgeries are covered for 60-90 days (depending upon policy)
    • Few policies provide lifelong coverage of vaccines

  • What if I can’t afford to get vaccinated?

    Cost of vaccines vary from vaccine to vaccine and brand to brand. Most vaccines fall under INR100 - INR1,000. Some vaccines might pinch the pocket a little, but getting immunised via vaccines is a no-brainer once you know all the benefits on offer. Vaccines don’t only protect you, but also your loved ones.Immunization is the cheapest, safest and most effective way to prevent deaths to due unwanted complications; second only to clean drinking water

  • Where can I get my vaccines?

    You can know your vaccine requirements here. We get you your vaccines at your doorstep, on a day and time of your convenience!Adult vaccines are also available at few hospitals and adult vaccination centers

  • What do these vaccines cost?

    Cost of vaccines vary from vaccine to vaccine and brand to brand. Most vaccines fall under INR100 - INR1,000

  • If we miss a vaccine, do we need to start the series all over again?

    No. If you missed a dose of vaccine, you do not need to start the whole series over again. You can pick up where you left off, regardless of the time that has passed between doses. However, it is best to follow the recommended schedule as closely as possible. This ensures you are protected as soon as possible.