Vaccines You Must Get

Ensuring proper immunization is crucial for safeguarding against life-threatening diseases. Health experts recommend various vaccines tailored to different age groups. Utilize this guide, based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Immunization Action Coalition (IAC), to determine which vaccines are necessary for you or your loved ones.

Vaccinations for Preteens and Teens (Ages 11-19):

  • Chickenpox: Two doses are required if not previously vaccinated.
  • Hepatitis A: Two doses are recommended for those at risk or seeking protection.
  • Hepatitis B: A series of doses is advised for individuals aged 0-18 years.
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV): Three doses are essential for preteens and teens aged 11 and older.
  • Influenza: An annual vaccination is recommended for everyone aged 6 months and older.
  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR): Two doses are necessary if not previously received.
  • Polio: A series of at least 3 doses is recommended if not previously administered.
  • Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tdap): All preteens and teens require this vaccine, followed by Td shots every ten years.

Vaccinations for Adults:

  • Hepatitis A: Recommended for specific risk factors or general protection.
  • Hepatitis B: Advised for those at risk or seeking protection.
  • Influenza: Annual vaccination is essential.
  • Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tdap): All adults require Tdap, with Td boosters every 10 years.
  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR): At least 1 dose is necessary for those born in 1957 or later.
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV): Recommended for certain age groups and risk factors.

Ages 60 to 64:

  • Influenza vaccine annually.
  • Tdap vaccine if not previously vaccinated.
  • Td booster every 10 years.
  • Zoster vaccine.

Ages 65 and older:

  • Influenza vaccine annually.
  • Tdap vaccine if not previously vaccinated.
  • Td booster every 10 years.
  • Zoster vaccine if not previously vaccinated.
  • Pneumococcal vaccine.

Children’s Vaccinations:

  • Hepatitis B: Administered from birth to 2 months, then at 6-18 months.
  • Rotavirus: Recommended for infants aged 2-6 months.
  • DPT (DTaP): Administered at ages 2-6 months and 15-18 months.
  • HIB: Required for children aged 2-15 months, along with Pneumococcal, Polio, and IPV doses.

Consult your healthcare provider for a customized vaccination schedule. Remember, it’s never too late to prioritize immunization and protect yourself and your family from preventable diseases.