Parents and caretakers often worry about what vaccinations their children need, but what vaccines do we need as adults? Some vaccines do not last forever and require a booster to retain effectiveness. Click on the image below to take the CDC’s Adolescent and Adult Vaccine Quiz and find out which vaccines you may need.
Below are the vaccines that may be necessary in adulthood:
- Influenza – Yearly flu shots are recommended for most people ages 6 months and older
- Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis) – Adults should get a Td booster every 10 years and a Tdap vaccination during each pregnancy
- HPV (Human Papillomavirus) – For people who have not received the HPV vaccine, it is recommended through age 26 for women and age 21 for men (through age 26 in men under certain circumstances)
- MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) – Anyone who was born after 1956 should get at least one dose
- Varicella (Chickenpox) – The vaccine is recommended for anyone who has never received the vaccine before or those who never had chickenpox
- Other vaccines recommended for people of certain ages, professions, and lifestyles not listed above include the Zoster (shingles), Pneumococcal, Hepatitis A and B, and Meningococcal vaccines.
Learn more at the CDC’s Vaccines & Immunizations site
Click here for the Utah Department of Health’s adult immunization schedules