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Vaccines for adults: Which do you need?

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Sep 14, 2022.

You may think that because you're not a kid anymore, you don't have to worry about shots. But adults need them, too. Here's how to stay on top of your vaccines.

What factors might affect my vaccine recommendations?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends vaccines for adults based on age, prior vaccinations, health, lifestyle, occupation, travel destinations and sexual activity.

How can I check my vaccination status?

To gather information about your vaccination status, talk to your parents or other caregivers. Check with your health care provider's office. If necessary, you may check with previous health care organizations where you received care. Or check with your schools or employers who required vaccinations. You could also contact your state health department to see if it has a registry that includes adult immunizations.

If you can't find your records, your health care provider might be able to do blood tests to see if you are immune to certain diseases that can be prevented by vaccines. You might need to get some vaccines again.

What vaccines do adults need?

Talk to your health care provider about your specific needs. Adult vaccines to consider include:

To help you keep track of your vaccines, ask your health care provider for an immunization record form. Bring the form with you to all of your health care visits. Ask your provider to sign and date the form for each vaccine you receive.

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