Immunizations Aren’t Just for Kids

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all adults receive regular vaccinations to prevent contracting and spreading diseases.

Many adults do not realize the negative effects of forgoing regular vaccinations and could be putting themselves at risk of serious and deadly diseases.

Vaccinations wear off over time, making revaccination important for protection against resistance because not all childhood vaccinations last into adulthood. Your job, hobbies, travel, and health conditions can make you susceptible to diseases preventable by vaccinations.

The CDC recommends these vaccines for all adults:

  • Influenza vaccine: every year for the seasonal flu
  • Td vaccine: every 10 years for tetanus
  • DTaP vaccine: once instead of Td vaccine to protect against tetanus and diphtheria, plus pertussis (whooping cough), and during each pregnancy for women

Other vaccinations are recommended based on age, lifestyle, job, and health conditions.

Adults with chronic illnesses such as heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes have a higher chance of getting vaccine-preventable diseases. Check with your doctor to see which vaccines are right for you.

Visit www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/ to find an immunization schedule for your age.