There Are Vaccines You Need as an Adult
All adults need:
- Influenza (flu) vaccine every year
- Td or Tdap vaccine: Every adult should get the Tdap vaccine once if they did not receive it as an adolescent to protect against pertussis (whooping cough), and then a Td (tetanus, diphtheria) booster shot every 10 years. In addition, women should get the Tdap vaccine each time they are pregnant, preferably at 27 through 36 weeks.
Other vaccines you may need as an adult are determined by factors such as:
- health conditions
- international travel
- any previous vaccines you have received
Learn more about what other vaccines may be recommended for you and talk to your healthcare professional about which vaccines are right for you.
Adolescent and Adult Vaccine Quiz
Take this short quiz to find out which vaccines you need and create a customized printout to take with you to your next medical appointment.
Recommended Adult Immunizations
Review the Adult Immunization Schedule to understand which vaccines are recommended for different age groups, health conditions and lifestyles.
Tools to Record Your Vaccinations
Keep track of vaccines you receive so you can ensure you are up-to-date and have the best possible protection against vaccine-preventable diseases.
Spotlight: Too Few Adults Vaccinated
According to data from the 2012 National Interview Health Survey (NHIS), too few adults are getting their recommended vaccines.
Why does this matter?
Every year thousands of adults in the U.S. still suffer serious health problems, are hospitalized, and even die due to diseases for which vaccines are available. Learn more.
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