Adults Need Vaccines, Too
Your need for immunization doesn't end when you become an adult. Get vaccinated to protect yourself and your loved ones from serious diseases.
Vaccines are not just for kids! Regardless of age, we all need immunizations to protect against serious, and sometimes deadly, diseases. Protection from vaccines you received as a child can wear off over time, and you may be at risk for new and different diseases.
Find Out Which Vaccines Are Recommended For You
The specific vaccines you need as an adult are determined by factors such as your age, job, lifestyle, health conditions, locations of travel, and vaccines you’ve received in the past. Throughout your adult life, vaccines are recommended to get and maintain protection against:
We all need vaccines throughout our lives to protect against serious diseases. Talk with your healthcare professional about which vaccines are right for you.
- Seasonal influenza (flu) (for all adults)
- Pertussis (whooping cough) (for all adults who have not previously received the Tdap vaccine and for women during each pregnancy)
- Tetanus and diphtheria (every 10 years following Tdap vaccine)
- Shingles (for adults 60 years and older)
- Pneumococcal disease (for adults 65 years and older and adults younger than 65 who have specific health conditions)
Other vaccinations you may need include those that protect against human papillomavirus (which can cause certain cancers), against meningococcal disease, hepatitis B, hepatitis A, chickenpox (varicella), and measles, mumps, and rubella. Recent measles outbreaks are a reminder to check your vaccination status and get vaccinated.
Ask Your Healthcare Professional Which Vaccines Are Right For You
You can take this simple quiz to determine which vaccines may be recommended for you and create a customized printout to take with you to your next healthcare visit.
Immunization is one of the safest ways for you to protect your health, even if you are taking prescription medications. Vaccine side effects are usually mild and go away on their own. Severe side effects are very rare.
Adults can get vaccines at healthcare professional's offices, pharmacies, workplaces, community health clinics, health departments, and other locations. To find a place near you to get a vaccine, visit the HealthMap Vaccine Finder.
Most health insurance plans cover recommended vaccines. Check with your insurance provider for details and for a list of vaccine providers covered by your plan. If you do not have health insurance, visit www.healthcare.gov to learn more about health insurance options.
- Page last reviewed: August 19, 2015
- Page last updated: August 19, 2015
- Content source:
- National Center for Immunizations and Respiratory Diseases
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