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What Vaccines Do I Need?


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. For more information about vaccines recommended before, during, and after pregnancy, visit family-vaccines.org.




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:


To determine which vaccines you may need, take the Adolescent and Adult Vaccine Quiz on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website and be sure to check with your healthcare professional. The resources below can also help you find out which vaccines you may need, to ensure that you stay up-to-date on all recommended immunizations.

Resources

12 Reasons Why Adults Need Vaccines

WebMD: Vaccines aren't just for kids. Here's why grown-ups need them, too

14 Adult Vaccine-Preventable Diseases Infographic

At-a-glance overview of the vaccines adults need and the risks of not being vaccinated

Adult Contraindications and Precautions

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Adult Immunizations by Vaccine and Age

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Adult Vaccines Based on Health & Medical Condition

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Adult Vaccination FAQs

Vaccination is a safe and cost-effective way to stay healthy, and it’s not just for kids! Vaccines are recommended for adults to protect them from serious and sometimes deadly infectious diseases. But while more adults are taking a role in their health these days — eating better and exercising — many forego one of the simplest preventive care measures available, adult vaccination.

Adult Vaccines: A Grown Up Thing to Do

American Academy of Microbiology Report

CDC Adult Immunization Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Resources on adult immunization

FAQ: Adult Vaccines: A Grown Up Thing to Do

American Society for Microbiology (ASM): To help raise awareness of the importance of vaccines for adults, the American Academy of Microbiology has issued a report entitled FAQ: Adult Vaccines – A Grown Up Thing to Do

HealthMap Vaccine Finder

HealthMap Vaccine Finder: A free, online tool where you can search for locations such as clinics, pharmacies, and health departments that offer the immunizations you need.

Immunization Tracking Tools

Compilation of adult vaccine tracking tools and resources

Traveler's Health: Travel Safe. Travel Smart

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Information on recommended vaccines by destination and condition

Vaccine-Preventable Adult Diseases

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Learn about serious diseases that can be prevented by vaccines

Watch a Video on Adult Vaccines

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Vaccine Science Investigation video on adult vaccines

What Vaccines Do You Need?

Take this simple quiz to determine which vaccines you need and create a customized printout to bring to your next medical appointment.