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Vaccines Aren’t Just for Kids Anymore

August 2019 

The need for vaccines doesn’t go away with age, according to The Centers for Disease Control (CDC). In fact, there are specific ages in your adult life when vaccinations are recommended. The CDC offers an informative immunization schedule for adults, to help keep you healthy and avoid unnecessary illness.

Take a look, then talk with your health care provider about which vaccines are right for you.

Information on the CDC website indicates vaccines you need as an adult are determined by many factors including your age, lifestyle, health condition, and your vaccination history. As an adult, vaccines are recommended for protection against:

  • Seasonal influenza (flu). 
  • Pertussis, also known as whooping cough. 
  • Tetanus and diphtheria.
  • Shingles. 
  • Pneumococcal disease.

You may also need vaccines to protect against human papillomavirus (which can cause certain cancers), meningococcal disease, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, chickenpox, measles, mumps, and rubella.

The CDC stresses vaccination is one of the safest ways to protect your health. Vaccine side effects are usually mild (like soreness at the injection site) and go away on their own. Severe side effects are very rare.

Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the State's health plan will cover recommended vaccinations with no cost-sharing by you. Review the updated list of these and other preventive services covered by the ACA.