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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Public Service Announcements
These public service announcements (PSA) share the various reasons why adults choose to get vaccinated.
Adult Vaccination: An Important Step in Protecting Your Health
Vaccines are especially important for those with chronic conditions, who are more likely to develop complications from certain vaccine-preventable diseases.
Adults Need Immunization, Too!
Your need for immunizations doesn’t end when you reach adulthood. Protect yourself and your loved ones from vaccine-preventable diseases. Be the example!
Finding Your Adult Vaccination Record
An up-to-date vaccination record helps you and your doctors know if you’re protected against vaccine-preventable diseases. Can’t find your records? You’re not alone. The following tips can jumpstart your search!
Vaccines Help Protect Travelers of All Ages
Travel within the United States or to other countries can be an opportunity to volunteer, work, or relax, but it can also put you or your family at risk for serious diseases. Make sure you and your loved ones are protected with vaccines against serious diseases.
Are You at High Risk for Serious Illness from Flu?
If you are at high risk, flu vaccination is especially important to decrease your risk of severe flu illness. Get your flu vaccine today.
Pregnant Women Need a Flu Shot!
If you’re pregnant, a flu shot is your best protection against serious illness from the flu. A flu shot can protect pregnant women and even their babies after birth.
Pneumonia Can Be Prevented—Vaccines Can Help
Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs that is usually caused by bacteria or viruses. Globally, pneumonia causes more deaths than any other infectious disease. It can often be prevented and can usually be treated.
Pertussis (Whooping Cough)—What You Need to Know
Pertussis (whooping cough) is very contagious and can cause serious illness―especially in infants too young to be fully vaccinated. Pertussis vaccines are recommended for children, teens, and adults, including pregnant women.
Pertussis: Unprotected Story
Parents tell true story of how pertussis sickened their child and impacted their family.
World Hepatitis Day
Viral hepatitis is the leading cause of liver cancer and cirrhosis worldwide. Approximately 1 in 12 persons, or around 500 million people, have chronic viral hepatitis and most of them do not know they are infected.
Tetanus: Make Sure You and Your Child Are Fully Immunized
Playing outdoors can mean getting cuts that may become infected with bacteria commonly found in soil, including the ones that cause tetanus. Tetanus vaccine can help prevent tetanus disease, commonly known as “lockjaw”.
Protect Yourself against Shingles: Get Vaccinated
Almost 1 out of 3 people in America will develop shingles during their lifetime. Your risk increases as you get older. People 60 years of age or older should get vaccinated against this painful disease.
Take CDC’s new online Hepatitis Risk Assessment. Answer a few questions and then you will receive personalized viral hepatitis testing and vaccination recommendations.
- Noninfluenza Vaccination Coverage Among Adults – United States, 2012. MMWR. 2014:63(05);95-102.
- Ensuring the Safety of Vaccines in the United States [2 pages]. CDC. 2012.
- Recommended Adult Immunization Schedule – United States, 2014. MMWR. 2014:63(05);110-112.
- Understanding How Vaccines Work [2 pages]. CDC. 2012.
- Vaccine Safety [16 pages]. Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases (Pink Book). 2012.
Resources in Spanish
- Page last reviewed: May 2, 2016
- Page last updated: July 27, 2018
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