Even if you received the vaccines you needed as a child, the protection for some vaccines can wear off. Every year, thousands of adults in the U.S. become seriously ill and are hospitalized because of diseases that vaccines can help prevent. Many adults even die from these diseases. By getting vaccinated, you can help protect yourself from much of this unnecessary suffering1.
All adults need a seasonal flu (influenza) and Td or Tdap vaccine. Depending on your job, lifestyle, health conditions or travel plans, you might be at risk for other diseases. Visit this site to see what vaccines are recommended for you2.
Vaccines also lower the risk of you spreading disease to loved ones. Some people may not be able to get certain vaccines and they rely on you to help prevent them from getting sick. Infants, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems (like those undergoing cancer treatment) are especially vulnerable to infectious disease. For example, newborn babies are too young to be vaccinated against whooping cough1.
Your vaccination record (sometimes called your immunization record) provides a history of all the vaccines you received as a child and adult. This record may be required for certain jobs, travel abroad, or school registration4.
Talk with your doctor about the best way to make sure you are up to date on vaccines.