Most adults realize the important role of immunizations in infant and child health, but are unaware that vaccines are a necessary part of adult health. Each year in the US, as many as 50,000 adults die from vaccine-preventable diseases or their complications.
All adults need a flu shot every year, and the Tdap vaccine periodically to protect against tetanus, whooping cough and diphtheria. You may need other vaccines based on your age, health conditions, job, lifestyle, or travel habits. These vaccines may include:
If you’re not sure what adult immunizations you may need, the Centers for Disease Control has created an online, interactive adult vaccination quiz.
You can also check with your county health department or doctor to make sure your immunizations are up to date.