Think you’re too old for vaccines?Childhood vaccinations will not protect you for the rest of your life. As an adult, you still need vaccines to stay healthy and to protect others in your home. You should also encourage other adults in your family to check with their doctors to find out if they may need immunizations to help protect against vaccine-preventable diseases.
Adult immunizations protect against diseases such as:
Seasonal influenza (flu)—Flu vaccine is recommended annually for all adults.
Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough)—One Tdap booster is recommended.
Shingles (Zoster)—Vaccine is now approved for adults ages 50 - 59 years, and recommended for adults 60 years and older.
Human papilloma virus (HPV)—HPV2 or HPV4 is recommended for women ages 26 years and younger. HPV4 is now recommended for men through age 21 who have not previously been vaccinated (Men aged 22 through 26 years may also be vaccinated).
Pneumococcal disease—Pneumococcal vaccine is recommended for adults with specific health conditions.
Other vaccinations that you may need include those that protect against hepatitis A, hepatitis B, chickenpox (varicella), and measles, mumps and rubella. Find out where to get a flu shot here.
The specific immunizations you need as an adult are determined by factors such as your age, lifestyle, high-risk conditions, type and locations of travel, and previous immunizations.
Current Recommended Immunizations for Adults (those 19 years and older)
Planning International Travel? Find information about recommended travel vaccines.
Information about Individual Vaccines: Vaccine Information Statements (VIS) are information sheets produced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). VISs explain both the benefits and risks of a vaccine. Prior to vaccine administration, a VIS must be provided for all vaccines identified by Federal law.
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