6 Immunizations You Need as an Adult

05/03/2016
Although most toddlers in the United States have received all recommended vaccines, many adults and adolescents have not. These missed vaccinations increase the risk for infection, disease spread, hospitalization, and death.

Vaccines every adult needs

Influenza (flu)

Who? All adults, including pregnant women during any trimester
How often? Every flu season

Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap)

Who? All adults who have never received the Tdap vaccine and pregnant women
How often? Everyone needs Tdap one time, no matter when you got your last tetanus (Td) vaccine. Pregnant women need a Tdap dose during every pregnancy. Td vaccine, to protect against tetanus and diphtheria, is needed every 10 years.

Vaccines you may need based on your age

Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)

Who? Adults born in the United States in 1957 or later who have not received MMR vaccine, or who had lab tests that showed they are not immune to measles, mumps, and rubella.
How often? One time for most adults; however certain people like college students, international travelers, or healthcare professionals, should get two doses.

Human papillomavirus (HPV)

Who? Females age 26 or younger. Males age 21 or younger. Males age 26 or younger who have weakened immune systems or HIV
How often? One time series of three doses

Pneumococcal (pneumonia, meningitis)

Who? Adults 65 or older
How often? Two pneumococcal vaccines are recommended. Get one dose of PCV13 (conjugate vaccine) followed by one dose of PPSV23 (polysaccharide vaccine), ideally 6-12 months later.

Shingles (Zoster)

Who? Adults 60 or older
How often? One time

Varicella (chickenpox)

Who? Adults born in the United States in 1980 or later who never had two doses of the vaccine or never had chickenpox
How often? One time series of two doses

* Specific recommendations for individuals may vary depending on age, prior immunization history and the presence of other existing conditions; please see the CDC’s web site at ww.cdc.gov/vaccines/recs/schedules/default.htm

For more information about immunizations and where to get them, contact your health care provider, your Concentra health specialist, or visit the CDC’s web site at www.cdc.gov/vaccines/adults.