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Adult Immunization Schedule

United States, 2016

For Healthcare Professionals

Each year, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) approves immunization schedules recommended for persons living in the United States. The adult immunization schedule provides a summary of ACIP recommendations on the use of licensed vaccines routinely recommended for adults aged 19 years or older. The adult immunization schedule is also approved by the American College of Physicians (ACP), the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), and the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM).

Change in 2016-2017 Influenza Vaccination Recommendations

For the 2016-2017 season, CDC recommends use of the flu shot (inactivated influenza vaccine or IIV) and the recombinant influenza vaccine (RIV). The nasal spray flu vaccine (live attenuated influenza vaccine or LAIV) should not be used during 2016-2017. The schedules will be updated in early 2017 to incorporate the 2016-2017 influenza vaccination recommendations.

Changes in the Schedule Effective February 1, 2016

Changes in the 2016 Adult Immunization Schedule reflect ACIP recommendations summarized in Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices Recommended Immunization Schedule for Adults Aged 19 Years or Older — United States, 2016.

Primary changes to the schedule include:

  • Interval change for 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13) followed by 23-valent pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV23) from "6 to 12 months" to "at least 1 year" for immunocompetent adults aged ≥65 year who do not have immunocompromising conditions, anatomical or functional asplenia, cerebrospinal fluid leak, or cochlear implants (MMWR 2015;64[34]:944–947). The interval for adults aged ≥19 years with any of these conditions is at least 8 weeks.
  • Serogroup B meningococcal (MenB) vaccine series should be administered to persons aged ≥10 years who are at increased risk for serogroup B meningococcal disease (MMWR 2015;64[22]:608–612).
  • Men B vaccine series may be administered to adolescents and young adults aged 16 through 23 years (preferred age is 16 through 18 years) to provide short-term protection against most strains of serogroup B meningococcal disease (MMWR 2015;64[41]:1171–1176).
  • Nine-valent human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine (9vHPV) has been added to the schedule and can be used for routine vaccination of females and males against HPV (MMWR 2015;64[11]:300–304).

See the Comprehensive ACIP recommendations for the use of vaccines included in the adult immunization schedule.

View or Print Schedules

Adult schedule

Adult Immunization Schedule, Full Version

Adult Schedule, by Vaccine and Age Group

Adult Schedule, by Vaccine and Age Group

Display and print the adult schedule, by vaccine and age group.

Medical Indications Schedule

Adult Immunization Schedule by Medical and Other Indications

Display and print the adult immunization schedule by medical and other indications.

Contraindications and Precautions

Contraindications and Precautions

Display and print the contraindications and precautions table

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Easy-to-read Version for Patients

Recommended Immunization for Adults (those 19 years and older)
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You can display the easy-to-read schedules for patients on your website. See how the adult schedule by age and the adult schedule by medical condition will appear on your website. For instructions, see Display Immunization Schedules on Your Website.


Interactive Tools

CDC Vaccine Schedules App

Interactive Tools

2016 CDC Vaccine Schedules app for clinicians and other health care professionals offers you immediate access to CDC’s latest recommended immunization schedules. See childhood, adolescent, adult and catch-up vaccine schedules and footnotes on your smartphone and tablet devices. Download this free app from the iTunes App Store or from Google Play.

Note: If you previously downloaded the tool, check that you have version 3.0.1 with 2016 schedules and footnotes.

Adolescent and Adult Vaccine Quiz

What Vaccines Do You Need?

Patients can use the Interactive Adolescent and Adult Vaccine Quiz, an online assessment tool, to get a list of vaccines they may need. Patients are instructed to discuss with their doctor or healthcare professional about these vaccines.

Español: Cuestionario breve sobre vacunas para adolescentes y adultos

The Interactive Adult Scheduler online tool is no longer available.


Adult Immunization Schedule Pocket-size.

Full adult immunization schedule in smaller, portable format; includes the adult immunization schedule by age group and the adult immunization schedule by medical and other indications and footnotes.

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Spanish Version (en español)

Easy-to-Read Adult Immunization Schedule for Patients is available in Spanish.

Presentation Graphics

These slides of the adult immunization schedule are suitable for use in presentations:

PPT slides

Immunization Recommendations

Summary of Recommendations for Adult Immunization.

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Note: To order the adult immunization schedule, go to CDC-INFO on Demand - Publications and pull down the menu for "Programs". Select "Immunization and Vaccines (Schedules and Booklets)" and click "Search".