Adult vaccine information

The need for vaccinations does not end in childhood. Vaccines are an important step in protecting adults against several serious and sometimes deadly diseases.

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Vaccine recommendations for adults

All adults need:

You may need other vaccines based on your age, health conditions, job, lifestyle, or travel habits. Learn more about what other vaccines may be recommended for you and talk to your healthcare professional about which vaccines are right for you.

You may not realize that you need vaccines throughout your life. Adults need to keep their vaccinations up to date because immunity from childhood vaccines can wear off over time. You are also at risk for different diseases as an adult. Vaccination is one of the most convenient and safest preventive care measures available. Make sure you and your loved ones are up to date on recommended vaccines.

Certain people may be at higher risk for getting some diseases or having more serious illness if they were to get sick, like older adults, and those with health conditions, such as heart disease, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and diabetes.

Where can I find a vaccine provider?

Adults can get vaccinated at doctors’ offices, pharmacies, workplaces, health clinics and health departments. Visit to help find a vaccine provider near you. Most health insurance plans cover the cost of recommended vaccines — a call to your insurance provider can give you the details.

What vaccines might I need?

To learn more about vaccines and take a quick quiz to find out which vaccines you may need, visit the CDC’s Vaccine information for Adults page. 

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