Recommended Vaccinations for Adults

Serving the Henderson, Nevada, community, Dr. Kevin Buckwalter operates a private practice that focuses on providing family medical care to individuals of all ages. In addition to offering diagnoses and treatments of various medical conditions, Dr. Kevin Buckwalter provides baby checkups and immunization for children and adults.

Although vaccination is required for children to attend school, there are a number of vaccinations that are recommended for adults as well. Factors that determine which vaccinations adults may need are age, lifestyle, and previous immunization shots.

Influenza: It is recommended that all adults get a yearly flu shot.

Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) and Chickenpox: These are recommended for adults that have never received these vaccinations.

Shingles: Adults over 60 years of age should receive a one-time shot.

Meningococcal: This shot is generally given to individuals in the military and college students; one or more doses are typically needed.

Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B: Vaccination is recommended for people who are sexually active, illegal drug users, and/or not in a monogamous relationship; It also should be considered for health care workers and individuals diagnosed with chronic liver disease.

Tetanus, diphtheria, and whooping cough: It is recommended that all adults have the Tdap vaccine, even pregnant women.


Ways to Reduce the Risk for Type 2 Diabetes

A family medicine physician, Dr. Kevin Buckwalter runs his own practice in Henderson, Nevada. As a medical professional that focuses on offering treatment to everyone from infants to adults, Dr. Kevin Buckwalter is familiar with a vast number of health conditions, including type 2 diabetes.

The most common type of diabetes, type 2 diabetes is mostly preventable with some lifestyle changes. Individuals who have a family history of diabetes or who have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes should be extra vigilant.

One change that significantly reduces the chances of type 2 diabetes is losing weight or maintaining a healthy weight. Someone who is overweight is up to 40 times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than someone who is at a healthy weight.

Not only does being physically active help reduce the chance of type 2 diabetes, it also increases the body’s ability to absorb insulin, which in turn, keeps blood sugar levels normal. Exercising does not have to include several hours at the gym. Speed walking for at least 30 minutes per day or more than five hours per week can help reduce the chances of type 2 diabetes.

When choosing food items, the ones high in fiber and whole grains are the best choices. Foods high in whole grains and fiber include nuts, beans, and fruits and vegetables. Additionally, avoid sugary drinks, limit red meat intake, and increase eating good fats.