Not sure which vaccines you need? This should help clear up the confusion.
With a recent resurgence in diseases like measles and whooping cough (pertussis), it’s time to take a closer look at the vaccinations recommended for all Americans. You may think you only need to think about vaccines when your children are young, but adults need to be vaccinated against specific diseases or may need boosters for vaccines they received as children.
“Lots of young adults say they never get the flu and even if they do- no big deal. However taking the vaccine not only protects them, but also protects infants or older relatives who they might be around prior to developing symptoms of the flu.” –Michael L. Rolfsen, MD, Internal Medicine
Here is a guide of the most common vaccinations recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). However, it is best to speak with your doctor about which vaccinations are right for you and when you should receive them, especially if you have a chronic medical condition.
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Date Last Reviewed: February 13, 2019
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