As you get older, it’s important to continue getting your vaccines in order to stay healthy and strong.
In the United States, most children receive their vaccinations, but the same does not hold true for adults. Millions of American adults skip recommended vaccinations, which leads to tens of thousands of preventable deaths and illnesses. In fact, about 50,000 U.S. adults die every year from vaccine-preventable diseases such as the flu, hepatitis B and pneumococcal disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
What Vaccines Do You Need? Find Out Here.
Talk to your health care provider to find out what vaccines you should receive and when. In the meantime you can learn more about the vaccines you need by using this Adult Immunization Vaccine Finder to receive personalized vaccine recommendations based on your age, health status, location and other factors.
You can also review the Adult Immunization Schedule to see which vaccines you may need.
Some vaccines are needed to not only protect you, but also those around you. For example, it’s recommended that adults be immunized against pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, according to the American Public Health Association (APHA). While pertussis in adults can seem like little more than a bad cold, it can be very dangerous if passed along to an infant who is not fully immunized against the illness.
Some other adult vaccines you should know about, reports the APHA, are:
• Flu vaccine: Adults should receive a flu shot each year to protect themselves and those around them from the flu, which can be especially risky for adults ages 65 and older, pregnant women and people already living with serious health conditions.
• Shingles vaccine: The shingles vaccine is recommended for people ages 60 years old and older. Shingles, which can be very painful, is an outbreak of rash or blisters on the skin and is caused by the chickenpox virus.
• Tdap vaccine: The Tdap vaccine protects against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis. If you are around infants, it’s especially important to receive this vaccine.
• Pneumococcal vaccine: Pneumococcal disease can cause three major conditions — pneumonia, bacteremia and meningitis — and is a leading cause of serious illness among children and adults worldwide. It’s an important vaccine for at-risk older adults.
- HPV vaccine:The HPV vaccine protects against strains of the human papillomavirus that can cause cervical and anal cancer.
For more information, visit: Staying health, preventing disease: Vaccine for adults