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Vaccinations -- They're Not Just For Kids

An Easy-to-Read Checklist

Check out the following table to get an idea of which vaccines you may need and when you should get them.
Vaccines most every adult needs
Dosing information
Influenza (the "flu" vaccine)
Once a year, usually in the fall. 
Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Tdap) vaccine
One dose any time. Then you'll need a tetanus-diphtheria (Td) shot every 10 years.

Pregnant women should also get Tdap with each pregnancy.
One time when you're 60 years old or older.
Pneumococcal vaccine
One time when you're 65 years old or older. Certain younger people with chronic health problems or who are at risk for pneumococcal disease also need this vaccine.
Catch-up vaccines some adults may need
Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine
Three doses for:
  • Females who are 26 years old or younger
  • Males who are 21 years old or younger
  • Males who are 22 through 26 years old who have sex with other males or have a weakened immune system or an HIV infection.
Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine
At least one dose for adults born in 1957 or after, unless they have already gotten the MMR vaccine or have had measles, mumps, and rubella infections.
Varicella (chickenpox) vaccine
Two doses for adults who have not had chickenpox and have not already received two doses of the varicella vaccine
Vaccines for special situations
The following vaccines are recommended for adults at high risk for certain infections. You can talk to your healthcare provider about whether you need these vaccinations:
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