Vaccines for College Students and Young Adults (19 to 26 years old)
Vaccines are not just for children. Vaccines are needed throughout your adult life as well to help you stay healthy. Over time, immunity from childhood vaccines can wear off and you may also be at risk for vaccine-preventable diseases due to your job, hobbies, travel, or chronic health condition.
Vaccines Recommended for Adults Ages 19-26
- Seasonal flu vaccine which protects against influenza. (for all adults every year)
- Td vaccine, which protects against tetanus. (for all adults every 10 years)
- Tdap vaccine which protects against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (also known as whooping cough). (for all adults once instead of Td vaccine)
- HPV vaccine which protects against the human papillomaviruses that cause most cervical cancers, anal cancer, and genital warts. (for women up to age 26 years and men up to age 21 years; men 22-26 may also need HPV vaccine based on other risk factors)
Some vaccines may be recommended for adults because of particular job or school-related requirements, health conditions, lifestyle or other factors. For example, some states require students entering colleges and universities to be vaccinated against certain diseases like meningitis due to increased risk among college students living in residential housing. Read more about state mandates or use this tool to get your state’s vaccination requirements.
Talk to your doctor or nurse to find out if there are other vaccines that you may need. You can also review the Adult Immunization Schedule [2 pages] or take this simple quiz to determine which vaccines you need and create a customized printout to take with you to your next medical appointment.
If you aren't sure which vaccines you've received in the past, there are many ways you can find your vaccinations records.
Military Service Members and Dependents
If you serve in the military or are a military dependent, see Military Vaccine Agency to learn more about vaccination programs to protect you.
Are you planning on visiting or living abroad? Depending on where you're traveling, you may need certain vaccinations. Find out which vaccines you need before you travel.
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