Protect Yourself with Vaccination

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Protect yourself by getting vaccinated.

There are many important reasons to get vaccinated. Talk to your doctor to make sure you are up to date on the vaccines that are right for you.

Did you know that vaccines are not just for kids?  Grown-ups need them throughout their lives too! Many adults in the U.S. are not aware of the vaccines they may need and are not taking advantage of the best protection from several serious, sometimes deadly diseases. Talk to your doctor to make sure you are up to date on the recommended vaccines. Here are some important reasons to vaccinate!

  • Vaccines save lives. Vaccine-preventable diseases can cause long-term illness, hospitalization, and even death. Skipping vaccines can leave you vulnerable to illnesses such as influenza (flu), pneumococcal disease, and shingles. Vaccines also protect against diseases like human papillomavirus (HPV) and hepatitis B.
  • You can reduce the chance of spreading disease. Many vaccine-preventable diseases are contagious, like flu, pertussis (whooping cough), and meningitis. Getting your recommended vaccines can reduce the risk that you get sick and spread disease to others. Some people may not be able to get certain vaccines based on age, health conditions, or other factors even though they are vulnerable to illness. You help protect them by getting vaccinated!
  • Do you smoke or have a chronic health condition such as asthma, diabetes, heart, or lung disease? Adults with these conditions, and weakened immune systems, are more likely to develop complications from certain vaccine-preventable diseases. These complications can include long-term illness, hospitalization, and even death.
  • You don’t have time to get sick, and it’s costly! Adults who get a vaccine-preventable disease face financial costs of medical visits and treatment. Catching the flu may mean missing several days of work. You may not have the time to care for your children, so it could be necessary to hire a babysitter. Vaccines can help you stay healthy so you don’t waste time being sick!
  • Protect your health when you travel. If you are heading to the developing world, you may be exposed to illnesses not circulating in the United States. For example, a yellow fever vaccination is required for travel to parts of sub-Saharan Africa and tropical South America. CDC’s travel website provides details about what vaccinations you may need for your destination. See
Vaccination Quiz

Take this adult vaccine quiz to find out which vaccines you may need.

Here are some steps you can take to protect your health and get vaccinated:

Don’t wait. Vaccinate!

Page last reviewed: July 3, 2018