According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), tens of thousands of adults are hospitalized and even die as a result from diseases preventable by vaccination.

Adults need vaccines, too

Nurse Doctor Holding Vaccine Shot Needle

When it comes to getting vaccinated, it's easy to think about childhood vaccinations, boosters and back-to-school shots. But little do adults realize that keeping their vaccinations current is a big part of staying healthy. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), tens of thousands of adults are hospitalized and even die as a result from diseases preventable by vaccination. Beyond the yearly flu shot, the CDC-recommends a Td/Tdap to protect against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis for all adults. Some additional vaccines you may need (depending on your age, health conditions and other factors) include:

  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Meningococcal
  • Pneumococcal
  • Shingles

If you have plans to travel overseas, there may be additional vaccines you need depending on your destination. Be sure to plan ahead as some vaccines may be part of a series. Find out recommended travel vaccines at www.cdc.gov/travel Still not sure what vaccines you need? Take this online assessment to find out which vaccinations are recommended for you based on age, health conditions and likelihood to travel: www.cdc.gov/vaccines/adultquiz

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