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There Are Vaccines You Need as an Adult

Español: Vacunas para adultos

Busy parents Mary Beth and Barckley Toole don’t have time to get sick. Mary Beth’s doctor reminded them that adults need vaccines to help stay healthy – just like kids do. Follow along to find out what vaccines are recommended for adults. (3:02 mins)
Also available on YouTube.

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:

  • age
  • lifestyle
  • health conditions
  • job
  • 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.

Resources and Tools for Adults

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Find Out What Vaccines You Need

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.


Learn More about Adult Vaccines

Resources to help you better understand vaccines recommended for adults and why they are an important part of staying healthy.

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Keep Track of Your Vaccinations

Record 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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To find an adult vaccine provider in your area, type your zip code in the box above and click "GO" or visit Healthmap Vaccine Finder.

Traveling Internationally?

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Use CDC Travelers' Health web site to find out if your destination recommends or requires certain vaccines before you travel...