Share

Adults

Vaccines are the best way to protect yourself, your loved ones and even your community against many dangerous diseases. Vaccines are not just for children. In fact, according to data from the National Center for Health Statistics, vaccine-preventable diseases (such as flu and pneumonia) now kill more adults than children in the U.S. No one wants to get sick and miss weeks of work, school or spending time with family and friends. By getting vaccinated, you can stay healthier and prevent spreading disease to everyone around you. If your healthcare provider doesn’t bring up the topic of vaccines, be sure to ask. Here are some of the more Frequently Asked Questions about vaccines.

The CDC recommends that all adults receive:

You may need other vaccines as an adult based on factors the factors listed below.


VACCINE-PREVENTABLE DISEASES

Personal Stories

Eliza Anne Northrop Beale - A Flu Story

In December, 2009 my sister Liza died of influenza. She was previously healthy and only 49 years old. She sought medical care early. She was cared for at a good hospital in a major city. She had no other infections. And she was unvaccinated. Read the story of Eliza (Liza) Anne Northrop Beale as written by her brother, Micahel Northrop, M.D.

More


Evan Bozof - A Meningococcal Meningitis Story

There’s a saying that “what you don’t know won’t hurt you.” It’s not true. What I didn’t know hurt me. It cost me the life of my son. My story begins on March 25, 1998. It is a day that my husband and I will never forget. It was the day our son, Evan, called from college to tell us that he had a migraine headache. Evan was 20 years old, a college junior and honor student, and a pitcher on his college baseball team at Georgia Southwestern University. After Evan died from meningococcal meningitis, we found out to our astonishment that a vaccine was available, a vaccine that would have saved Evan’s life…

More


RECENT CONVERSATIONS

Amy Pisani @ EveryChildBy2
@DisasterCh1ck @tdanton @UMmedschool @AVACNow Good question. Efforts are focusing on explaining the cost savings fo… https://t.co/WVKBH2QLTA
Amy Pisani @ EveryChildBy2
Grateful to @AVACNow for Congressional Briefing on Healthy Aging and Immunizations. Learn more about what can be do… https://t.co/F5FwCFSvy3
Amy Pisani @ EveryChildBy2
We can achieve better health! - @ARAdultImmDoc says healthcare providers must incorporate #vaccine needs assessmen… https://t.co/9eE0Bm8yZ5
Amy Pisani @ EveryChildBy2
The rising number of uninsured adults (currently estimated at 30 million) will stress our vaccine delivery infrastr… https://t.co/mKAHIY6ON7
Amy Pisani @ EveryChildBy2
Vaccine infrastructure funding is critical to ensure adult vax programs. Read my recent OpEd in "The Hill" on the… https://t.co/4zveYCW5Rb
Amy Pisani @ EveryChildBy2
50% of Americans will experience #shingles by age 85, but only 30% get the shingles #vaccine says Dr. Wilbur Chen… https://t.co/3mAoSBc0M1
Amy Pisani @ EveryChildBy2
#Vaccines aren't just for kids. They're essential for controlling and preventing infectious diseases at all ages.… https://t.co/5q9J5O8jPj
Amy Pisani @ EveryChildBy2
Grateful that @AVACNow is about to kick off their Congressional Briefing on Healthy Aging and Immunizations.… https://t.co/6hOlhQwv1f
Amy Pisani @ EveryChildBy2
How cool that children's vaccines may be protecting adults from pneumococcal disease. Today #ACIP reviews data on i… https://t.co/lsGSpOIhQo
Amy Pisani @ EveryChildBy2
RT @lj_tan: #ACIP voted positively today (14-0) on post-exposure and travel use of hep A vaccine. Vote postponed from yesterday. Guidance…
Amy Pisani @ EveryChildBy2
RT @lj_tan: #ACIP voted positively today (14-0) on post-exposure and travel use of hep A vaccine. Vote postponed f… https://t.co/zyOnE6YR9T
Amy Pisani @ EveryChildBy2
Each year about 31,000 men and women in the U.S. are diagnosed with an #HPV related cancer, and yet less than 30% o… https://t.co/rba1WEIKQl
Amy Pisani @ EveryChildBy2
Oropharyngeal Cancer among men is increasing. HPV vaccine is as critical for males as it is for females. We can and… https://t.co/I95CdjwRA3
Amy Pisani @ EveryChildBy2
RT @kevinault: 38 % of all HPV related cancers are in males, and rates of oropharyngeal cancers are increasing sharply in men. Anal cance…
Amy Pisani @ EveryChildBy2
New study shows that maternal flu and Tdap #vaccines during #pregnancy are safe! They pose NO increased risk of hos… https://t.co/84woo0BiOw
Amy Pisani @ EveryChildBy2
As #acip discusses the HPV vaccine for males it is important to note that 29,000 cases of cancer could be prevented… https://t.co/X3HZNrYxNP
Amy Pisani @ EveryChildBy2
#ACIP voted that in 2018-19 season, providers may choose to administer any licensed age appropriate influenza vacci… https://t.co/Dtwi1de1kD
Amy Pisani @ EveryChildBy2
RT @lj_tan: #ACIP discussion on flu VE does not give enough credit to flu vax ability to reduce severity of disease in those vaccinated, pa…
Amy Pisani @ EveryChildBy2
Have a child in #college or headed there soon? Let this mother's story be a warning. Complete protection against de… https://t.co/yCVrdYsovx
Amy Pisani @ EveryChildBy2
#ACIP update on #flu surveillance confirms influenza A (H3N2) virus has predominated the season, but B virus activi… https://t.co/LtSdW3zBd3
Amy Pisani @ EveryChildBy2
Flu costs the nation $10.4 billion in direct medical costs annually and $87 billion in total economic burden. This… https://t.co/H69j7mfKDf
Amy Pisani @ EveryChildBy2
So far this morning at #ACIP, committee voted to approve a non preferential rec for use of the new #HepB #vaccine (… https://t.co/5XBYYQ27Qf
Amy Pisani @ EveryChildBy2
The #ACIP will be meeting 2/21 and 2/22 starting at 8am to review data related to vaccine effectiveness and safety,… https://t.co/xVoYTRMGYJ
Amy Pisani @ EveryChildBy2
While most children with #flu recover, some don’t. Even in yrs when #vaccine effectiveness is low, it can still pre… https://t.co/3psAGdno6N
Amy Pisani @ EveryChildBy2
Getting a flu #vaccine is the best way to protect your family from #flu. But it's possible to get flu despite being… https://t.co/Kjbf9PbiaS
Amy Pisani @ EveryChildBy2
RT @ImmunizePA: JOIN OUR LIVE TWITTER CHAT ON MARCH 19 AT 12 PM ET TO KICK OFF #teenhealth2018 ! https://t.co/oXAG2XSIzZ
Amy Pisani @ EveryChildBy2
Innovation in prevention! Researchers are working on a new way to deliver the #flu #vaccine using microneedles on a… https://t.co/lD4xVqtLb8
Amy Pisani @ EveryChildBy2
.@ForeverEmilyS and @WhyImmunize are working to educate students, parents, & medical profs about the need for both… https://t.co/7xKbaZMTMJ
Amy Pisani @ EveryChildBy2
Being told not to get your 3 yr old child a flu shot is dangerous advice. Losing that same unvaccinated child to… https://t.co/NwM4xvtsMr
Amy Pisani @ EveryChildBy2
The #HPV #Vaccine is rep'd by age 13 to prevent HPV before possible exposure. But a recent report shows that only 1… https://t.co/uRars9Qecu
Amy Pisani @ EveryChildBy2
The #OK Dept of Health has confirmed a case of measles which shouldn’t be too concerning to those who've had a… https://t.co/ajXszkdHrk
Amy Pisani @ EveryChildBy2
RT @LightForRiley: Today Riley should have turned 3, had he not contracted #whoopingcough before he was old enough to be vaccinated. Pleas…