Infants and children tend to need more vaccinations because they haven’t been exposed to many unwelcome germs and viruses. But did you know that adults regularly need vaccinations too? Vaccines have significantly reduced the risk of various infectious diseases that have historically threatened infants, children, and adults.
Depending on your age, health conditions, vaccination history, and lifestyle factors, there may be vaccinations or boosters that would benefit you. Complete the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s Adult Vaccine Assessment to get a list of vaccines you may need — beyond your yearly flu shot — based on your answers. Discuss this list with your health care provider.
There are three primary reasons to get vaccinated:
Vaccines are recommended for adults based on age, health conditions, job, and other factors. Consult with your health care provider to find out if you are up to date on your recommended vaccines. Find vaccine recommendations and schedules for:
If you plan to travel, you may need to take extra precaution by getting vaccinated for some of the diseases you may encounter in the country that you're visiting. Make sure you're up to date on all recommended vaccinations by checking in with your health care provider before you leave the country. Learn more at the CDC’s Travel Health site.