You never outgrow the need for vaccines. Recognizing August as Immunization Awareness Month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reminds us that the need for immunization remains just as strong as when we were children. As adults, we must continue to maintain our own health because our families and loved ones depend on us to care for them and to teach them how to care for themselves. Stay healthy and be a positive role model.
The CDC notes that specific immunizations you need as an adult are determined by factors such as your age, lifestyle, high-risk conditions, type and locations of travel, and previous immunizations. Throughout your adult life, you need immunizations to get and maintain protection against:
- Seasonal influenza (flu) (for all adults)
- Tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough) (for all adults who have not previously received the Tdap vaccine)
- Shingles (for adults 60 years and older)
- Pneumococcal disease (for adults 65 years and older and adults with specific health conditions)
- Hepatitis B infection (for adults who have diabetes or are at risk for hepatitis B)
.For this information and additional resources, visit the CDC web site at cdc.gov/Features/AdultImmunizations/