What Vaccines Do Adults 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.
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.
Vaccines for Pregnant Women
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 information about vaccines recommended before, during, and after pregnancy.
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.
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 certain 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.
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.
WebMD: Vaccines aren’t just for kids. Here’s why grown-ups need them, too
NFID: At-a-glance overview of the vaccines adults need and the risks of not being vaccinated
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Resources on adult immunization
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