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What are the vaccinations recommended for adults?

It is recommended that adults get vaccinations to protect against the following:

  • influenza (flu)
  • tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough), if a person has not previously received a Tdap vaccine
  • shingles for adults 50 and over
  • pneumococcal for adults 65 or older or adults with certain risk factors
  • hepatitis B for adults with diabetes or who are at risk

Some people will also need vaccines to protect against human papilloma virus (HPV), hepatitis A, meningococcal disease, chickenpox and measles, mumps and rubella.

It's important to keep in mind that people sometimes need to get immunized against illnesses if they weren't protected as a child. For example, people born after 1957 may need a measles, mumps and rubella vaccine, also known as MMR. Other times, people may need to get boosters because the vaccines can wear off over time. One example is the Td vaccine (tetanus and diphtheria), which needs to be repeated every 10 years.

Vaccines are widely available through doctors' offices, health departments, pharmacies and even some workplaces. Because recommendations change periodically, it's important to check with a healthcare provider to be sure of what vaccines are needed.

This content originally appeared on HealthyWomen.org.

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