Adult Vaccines 101: What Do You Need? #ThisIsNow

You're an adult, so your days of needing a vaccination are behind you, right?


Over the past few decades, adult vaccinations have prevented many debilitating and deadly illnesses. 

For instance, according to the Hepatitis B Foundation, chronic hepatitis B causes 80% of all liver cancer, worldwide. Since the hepatitis B virus was discovered in 1965, there have been increasingly sophisticated versions of the vaccine. And each improved version has made this vaccination more readily available and safer, defeating liver cancer one shot at a time.

So don't think you're too old for a new vaccination!

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, all adults need these crucial vaccines:

An annual influenza (flu) vaccine to protect against seasonal flu

Td/Tdap vaccine to protect against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis

  • The CDC recommends every adult should get the Tdap vaccine once if they did not receive it as an adolescent to protect against pertussis (whooping cough) and then a Td (tetanus, diphtheria) booster shot every ten years. In addition the Tdap vaccine is recommended for women during each pregnancy, preferably at 27 through 36 weeks.

In addition, depending on your age, health conditions and other factors, you may need vaccination against:

  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Meningococcal
  • Pneumococcal
  • Shingles

Read more about these vaccinations online at Gwinnett Medical Center’s health (e) Library.

Find out what vaccines you need with this short quiz from the CDC. Or find a physician near you at A physician can help you determine exactly what vaccinations would be most helpful for you.


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