What Vaccines are Recommended for You

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COVID-19 Vaccination

Learn what you and your family need to know about COVID-19 vaccines.

Immunizations are not just for children. Protection from some childhood vaccines can wear off over time. You may also be at risk for vaccine-preventable disease due to your age, job, lifestyle, travel, or health conditions.

All adults need immunizations to help them prevent getting and spreading serious diseases that could result in poor health, missed work, medical bills, and not being able to care for family.

  • All adults need a seasonal flu (influenza) vaccine every year. Flu vaccine is especially important for people with chronic health conditions, pregnant women, and older adults.
  • Every adult should get a Tdap vaccine once if they did not receive it as an adolescent to protect against pertussis (whooping cough), and then a Td (tetanus, diphtheria) or Tdap booster shot every 10 years. In addition, women should get the Tdap vaccine each time they are pregnant, preferably at 27 through 36 weeks.

Review the tabs below to learn what other vaccines you may need and check with your healthcare professional to make sure you are up to date on recommended vaccines.

Who Should NOT Be Vaccinated

Some adults with specific health conditions should not get certain vaccines or should wait to get them. Read more about who should not get each vaccine.

Talk with your doctor to make sure you get the vaccines that are right for you.

To learn more about these diseases and the benefits and potential risks associated with the vaccines, read the Vaccine Information Statements (VIS).

Page last reviewed: November 21, 2019