Just because you’re an adult doesn’t mean you shouldn’t worry about getting certain vaccinations. Besides influenza, you might need a vaccination for pneumonia, shingles and more. Find out how to stay on top of the vaccines recommended for adults.
What vaccines do adults need?
Vaccines for adults are recommended based on age, previous vaccinations, health, lifestyle, occupation and travel destinations. The schedule is updated every year, and changes range from the addition of a new vaccine to tweaks of current recommendations.
To help determine which vaccines you might need now and which vaccines are coming up, check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website for a guide.
What factors might affect my vaccine recommendations?
Several factors can affect whether you need certain vaccines. Tell your health care provider if you:
Your doctor also might recommend certain vaccines based on your sexual activity. Vaccinations can protect you from hepatitis A and B, serious liver infections that can spread through sexual contact. The HPV vaccine is recommended for men up to age 21 and women up to age 26.
Find this and other medical information at Mayoclinic.org.