Getting immunized is a lifelong, life-protecting job. Talk to your healthcare provider to find out if you need this vaccine. The vaccine is usually given in 2 doses, 6 to 18 months apart.
Doing so can help keep you from getting sick and missing work or school. Every year in the United States, thousands of adults become seriously ill and are hospitalized because of diseases that vaccines can help prevent. These diseases can be deadly for many adults.
Measles, mumps, and whooping cough may seem like quaint old illnesses confined to 19th century novels. But more and more teens are being exposed to them, especially in schools and on college campuses where large numbers of people are together in close quarters. Diseases like measles, which were on their way out in the United States, are making a comeback as they are brought in from other countries by travelers.
Your need for immunizations doesn't end when you become an adult. Immunity from childhood vaccinations can wear off and you may be at risk for new and different diseases. Also, vaccines and their recommendations may change over the years and certain vaccines may not have been available when you were a child. It is also very important to make sure your adult immunizations are up-to-date if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant.
Mara Gordon. Many people might not be aware of what types of vaccines they need as they get older. Here, an adult gets a flu shot in Jacksonville, Fla.
Vaccination for adults is just as important as it is for children. The information on this page is a general guide to immunisations for adults aged 20 to 64 years old. The information provided on this page is a general guide to immunisations for adults aged 20 to 64 years old.
Vaccines are not just for babies and children. Learn why vaccination is important for adults too. Vaccination is not just for children.
Every year, thousands of adults in the United States get sick and are hospitalized from vaccine-preventable diseases. And did you know that when you get vaccinated, you also help protect your family and your community? Because of community immunity, vaccines help keep diseases from spreading to people who may not be able to get certain vaccines, like newborn babies. Learn more about community immunity.
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