Kids are not the only ones who need vaccines, but knowing which are necessary is the most important part.
Your need for immunizations doesn’t end when you become an adult. Immunity from childhood vaccinations can wear off and you may be at risk for new and different diseases. Also, vaccines and their recommendations may change over the years and certain vaccines may not have been available when you were a child.
It is also very important to make sure your adult immunizations are up-to-date if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. View additional informationabout vaccines recommended before, during, and after pregnancy.
Which adult immunizations do you need?
The specific immunizations you need as an adult are determined by factors such as your age, lifestyle, health conditions, travel, and previous immunizations. View current immunization recommendations.
Throughout your adult life, you need immunizations for protection against:
- Seasonal influenza (flu) for all adults
- Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough) for all adults who have not previously received a Tdap vaccine
- Shingles for healthy adults age 50 years and older
- Pneumococcal for adults age 65 years and older and adults with risk conditions
- Hepatitis B for adults who have diabetes or are at risk
- Other vaccinations you may need include those that protect against HPV (human papillomavirus, which can cause certain cancers), hepatitis A, meningococcal disease, chickenpox (varicella), and measles, mumps, and rubella.
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