CDC is committed to helping you make informed decisions about vaccination.
Here are some materials to help you better understand vaccines recommended for adults and why they are an important part of staying healthy.
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3 Important Reasons for Adults to Get Vaccinated [2 pages]
Provides compelling reasons for adults to get vaccinated as well as a chart of vaccine-preventable diseases and how they can affect adults.
Vaccines: Know What You Need [2 pages] Updated Sep 2015
Provides an overview of vaccines recommended for adults based on age, health conditions, and other factors.
What You Need to Know About COPD, Asthma and Adult Vaccinations [2 pages]
Encourages those with asthma to get vaccinated and lists the recommended vaccines just for them.
What You Need to Know About Heart Disease and Adult Vaccinations [2 pages]
Encourages those with heart disease to get vaccinated and lists the recommended vaccines just for them.
What You Need to Know About Diabetes and Adult Vaccinations [2 pages]
Encourages those with diabetes to get vaccinated and lists the recommended vaccines just for them.
What You Need to Know About Shingles and the Shingles Vaccine [2 pages]
Information to address common questions about the disease and protection from vaccination.
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.
To find adult vaccine providers in your area, type your zip code in the box above and click "GO" or visit Healthmap Vaccine Finder.
Podcasts & Video
Get Your Big Boy Shots [3:33 minutes, date released: 2/2/2012]
You may think vaccines are just for kids, but there are nearly a dozen vaccine recommended for people over the age of 18. In this podcast, Dr. Carolyn Bridges discusses the importance of adults staying up-to-date with their vaccines.
Recognizing and Preventing Whooping Cough (Pertussis) [3:28 minutes, date released: 9/15/2010]
In this podcast, Tami Skoff, a mother of two and epidemiologist with CDC, discusses the symptoms of whooping cough (pertussis) and how to prevent it. She discusses the importance of getting everyone vaccinated, especially those who will have close contact with an infant.
Prevent Pneumonia [4:50 minutes, date released: 5/23/2012]
This podcast explains what pneumonia is, its symptoms, and how to prevent it.
There’s a Vaccine for Shingles?! [1:42 minutes, date released: 7/13/2009]
This podcast answers a listener’s question about the vaccine for shingles.
VSI: Vaccine Scene Investigation [4:02 minutes, date released: 10/20/2010]
Stopping serious diseases before they start is what Vaccine Scene Investigation is all about. This video shows the importance of vaccinating against diseases such as Influenza, Pneumococcus, Herpes Zoster (Shingles), and Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis.
Public Service Announcements
These public service announcements (PSA) share the various reasons why adults choose to get vaccinated.
Resources in Spanish
Vacunas: Sepa lo que necesita [2 pages, 8-1/2 x 11] Updated Sep 2015
CDC Feature Articles/Especiales CDC
Tosferina: lo que debe saber
La tosferina (pertussis) es una enfermedad muy contagiosa y puede enfermar gravemente a las personas, en especial a los bebés que son muy pequeños aún para recibir todas las vacunas. La vacuna contra la tosferina se recomienda para niños, adolescentes, adultos y hasta mujeres embarazadas.
Tosferina PSA [0:30 minutes, date released: 9/9/2010]
Este anuncio de servicio público (PSA) de 30 segundos hace un llamado a vacunarse contra la tosferina (pertussis), en especial aquellas personas que están en contacto cercano con bebés.
Reconocimiento y prevención de la tosferina (Pertussis) [3:30 minutes, date released: 9/9/2010]
En este podcast, Tami Skoff, epidemióloga de los CDC y madre de dos hijos, habla de los síntomas de la tosferina (pertussis) y la forma en que puede ser prevenida. Skoff resalta la importancia de que todas las personas se vacunen, en especial aquellas que están en contacto cercano con bebés.
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