Heart Disease, Stroke, or Other Cardiovascular Disease and Adult Vaccination

Each year thousands of adults in the United States get sick from diseases that could be prevented by vaccines — some people are hospitalized, and some even die. People with heart disease and those who have suffered stroke are at higher risk for serious problems from certain diseases. Getting vaccinated is an important step in staying healthy. If you have cardiovascular disease, talk with your doctor about getting your vaccinations up-to-date.

Why Vaccines are Important for You

Don't Wait. Vaccinate!
  • Heart disease can make it harder for you to fight off certain diseases or make it more likely that you will have serious complications from certain diseases.
  • Immunization provides the best protection against vaccine-preventable diseases.
  • Vaccines are one of the safest ways for you to protect your health, even if you are taking prescription medications. Vaccine side effects are usually mild and go away on their own. Severe side effects are very rare.
  • Some vaccine-preventable diseases, like the flu, can increase the risk of another heart attack.

Vaccines You Need

There may be other vaccines recommended for you based on your lifestyle, travel habits, and other factors. Talk to your healthcare professional about which vaccines are right for you.

Getting Vaccinated

You may regularly see a cardiologist, or your primary care provider. Either is a great place to start! If your healthcare professional does not offer the vaccines you need, ask for a referral so you can get the vaccines elsewhere. Adults can get vaccines at doctors’ offices, pharmacies, workplaces, community health clinics, health departments and other locations. Most health insurance plans cover recommended vaccines. Check with your insurance provider for details and for a list of vaccine providers covered by your plan. If you do not have health insurance, visit www.healthcare.gov to learn more about health insurance options.

Adults need vaccines too!
Vaccines quiz

Answer a few questions to find out which vaccines you may need. Take your customized printout to your next medical appointment.

Page last reviewed: February 3, 2021