Talk to our doctor about your specific needs. Adult vaccines to consider include:
Flu (influenza) vaccine. To prevent the flu, the CDC recommends annual flu vaccination
for everyone ages 6 months or older. Adults age 50 and older should not get the nasal
spray flu vaccine. The flu can cause serious complications in older adults.
Pneumococcal vaccine. The CDC recommends the pneumococcal vaccines — there are two — for
adults age 65 and older. Younger adults at increased risk for pneumococcal disease also
might need a dose of the vaccine. Pneumococcal disease causes infections, such as
pneumonia, meningitis and bloodstream infections.
Tetanus toxoid, reduced diphtheria toxoid and acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine. One
dose of Tdap is routinely given at age 11 or 12. If you've never had a Tdap vaccine, the
CDC recommends getting the Tdap vaccine as soon as possible. One dose of Tdap vaccine is
also recommended during each pregnancy, ideally between week 27 and 36 of pregnancy.
Tdap can protect you from tetanus (lockjaw), whooping cough (pertussis) and diphtheria,
which can lead to breathing problems. A Td booster is recommended every 10 years.
Shingles. To prevent shingles, the CDC recommends the vaccine Shingrix for healthy
adults age 50 and older. It's given in two doses. While not life-threatening, shingles
can be very painful.
Human papillomavirus (HPV). The CDC recommends the HPV vaccine for girls and boys ages
11 or 12. Teens and young adults who begin the vaccine series later, at ages 15 through
26, should continue to receive three doses of the vaccine. The FDA also has approved the
HPV vaccine Gardasil 9 for males and females ages 9 to 45. HPV is a common virus that
can lead to cancer.
COVID-19. When you are eligible, get a coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine. A
COVID-19 vaccine might prevent you from getting COVID-19 or from becoming seriously ill
or dying due to COVID-19.
Source: Mayo Clinic -