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)
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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.
Resources and Tools for Adults
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.
Resources to help you better understand vaccines recommended for adults and why they are an important part of staying healthy.
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.
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.
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- Page last reviewed: January 25, 2013
- Page last updated: November 25, 2015
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