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Adult Immunization Schedule
(Anyone over 18 years old)

Vaccines for adults include

  • Tetanus-Diphtheria Vaccine (all adults, every 10 years)
  • Influenza (Flu) Vaccine (adults 50 and older)
  • Pneumococcal Vaccine (adults 65 and older)
  • Hepatitis B Vaccine (adults at risk)
  • Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) Vaccine (susceptible adults)
  • Varicella (chickenpox) Vaccine (susceptible adults)
  • Vaccines for travelers (see travel web site for specifics)


Some adults incorrectly assume that the vaccines they received as children will protect them for the rest of their lives. Generally this is true, except that:


  • Some adults were never vaccinated as children
  • Newer vaccines were not available when some adults were children
  • Immunity can begin to fade over time
  • As we age, we become more susceptible to serious disease caused by common infections (e.g., flu, pneumococcus)


List of Vaccines for Adults -- Vaccines needed by all adults

  • Hepatitis B vaccines (adults at risk)
  • Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) vaccine (susceptible adults)
  • Tetanus-Diphtheria vaccine (all adults, every 10 years)
  • Vaccines for travelers
  • Varicella (chickenpox) vaccine (susceptible adults)


Vaccines needed for those age 50 and older

  • Influenza vaccine (for the flu)


Vaccines needed for those age 65 and older

  • Pneumococcal vaccine


http://www.cdc.gov/nip/recs/adult-schedule.htm




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