Keeping up to date with vaccinations is one of the best things you can do to keep your child healthy from the womb to leaving the nest. Establishing good habits throughout childhood, including vaccination and annual doctor’s visits, will also help your child stay healthy as an adult.
And while you are busy keeping your child’s vaccines up to date, don’t forget about yourself! All adults need a flu vaccine every year, before the end of October, as well as a Td vaccine every ten years. Healthy adults 50 years and older should get shingles vaccine. Adults 65 years or older need one dose of pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13) followed by one dose of pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV23). Adults younger than 65 years who have certain health conditions like heart disease, diabetes, cancer, or HIV may also need one or both of these vaccines. Adults may need other vaccines based on health conditions, job, lifestyle, or travel habits. Take a quick quiz to learn more about adult vaccines you may need.