There Are Vaccines You Need as an Adult

Measles cases and outbreaks have been reported in the U.S. in 2019. Measles can spread quickly in communities where people are not vaccinated. Anyone who is not protected against measles is at risk of getting infected. To learn more, CDC has answers to Frequently Asked Questions about measles in the U.S.

You may not realize that you need vaccines throughout your life. Adults need to keep their vaccinations up to date because immunity from childhood vaccines can wear off over time. You are also at risk for different diseases as an adult. Vaccination is one of the most convenient and safest preventive care measures available.

All adults need:

You may need other vaccines based on your age, health conditions, job, lifestyle, or travel habits. Learn more about what other vaccines may be recommended for you and talk to your healthcare professional about which vaccines are right for you.

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.

Find Out What Vaccines You Need
Vaccines quiz

Adults need vaccines too! Use the Adult Vaccine Self-Assessment Tool to find out which vaccines you may need. Take your customized printout to your next medical appointment.

Keep Track of Your Vaccinations
Medical records

Record vaccines you receive to make sure you have the best possible protection against vaccine-preventable diseases.

Learn More about Adult Vaccines
Resources

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

Traveling Internationally?
Medical records

Use CDC Travelers’ Health website to find out if your destination recommends or requires certain vaccines before you travel.

Page last reviewed: May 2, 2016