Recommended Adult Vaccines

mother-388663_1920The vaccines you need as an adult depend on everything from your age and lifestyle, to high-risk medical conditions, travel plans, and which shots you have had in the past. Although there has been a slight increase in adult vaccination rates in recent years, the CDC says there is a large gap in vaccinating adults.

Below is the CDC’s guide to the required vaccinations for adults by age group:

All Adults
Seasonal flu vaccine (influenza)
Td or Tdap vaccine (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) – every ten years

Adults 19 – 26 years old
Seasonal flu vaccine (influenza)
Td or Tdap vaccine (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) – every ten years
HPV vaccine

Adults 60 years old or older
Seasonal flu vaccine (influenza)
Td or Tdap vaccine (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) – every ten years
Pneumococcal vaccines
Zoster vaccine

Other vaccines you may need as an adult are determined by factors such as:

  • Health conditions (e.g., diabetes, heart disease)
  • Job (e.g., if you are a healthcare worker)
  • International travel
  • Vaccines you have received or maybe did not get as a child

For a more comprehensive look at each age group, vaccine information, and vaccines required for special groups – adults with health conditions, pregnant women, healthcare workers, and international travelers – click HERE.

Did You Know?

In the United States:

  • Every year, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized, and an average of 36,000 people die of influenza and its complications. The majority of these cases are adults.
  • There were approximately 32,000 cases of invasive pneumococcal disease in 2012. Of those cases, there were about 3,300 deaths.
  • 800,000 to 1.4 million people suffer from chronic hepatitis B, with complications such as liver cancer.

In the U.S., HPV causes about 17,000 cancers in women, and about 9,000 cancers in men each year. About 4,000 women die each year from cervical cancer.

Source: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)