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:
WebMD: Vaccines aren't just for kids. Here's why grown-ups need them, too
At-a-glance overview of the vaccines adults need and the risks of not being vaccinated
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
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.
American Academy of Microbiology Report
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Resources on adult immunization
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: A free, online tool where you can search for locations such as clinics, pharmacies, and health departments that offer the immunizations you need.
Compilation of adult vaccine tracking tools and resources
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Information on recommended vaccines by destination and condition
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Learn about serious diseases that can be prevented by vaccines
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Vaccine Science Investigation video on adult vaccines
Take this simple quiz to determine which vaccines you need and create a customized printout to bring to your next medical appointment.
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