Adults Need Vaccinations Too: The Importance of Immunizations for Older Adults

Vaccination is important, because it not only protects the person receiving the vaccine, but also helps prevent the spread of disease, especially to those that are most vulnerable to serious complications such as infants, young children, the elderly, and those with chronic conditions and weakened immune systems.

All adults should get vaccines to protect their health. Even healthy adults can become seriously ill, and can pass certain illnesses on to others. Everyone should have their vaccination needs assessed at their doctor’s office, pharmacy or other visits with healthcare providers. Certain vaccines are recommended based on a person’s age, occupation or health conditions [such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), diabetes or heart disease], vaccinations they have already received or other considerations.

All adults, including pregnant women, should get the influenza (flu) vaccine each year to protect against seasonal flu. Adults age 60 and older are recommended to receive the shingles vaccine. Adults age 65 and older are recommended to receive one or more pneumococcal vaccines. Some adults younger than 65 years with certain high-risk conditions are also recommended to receive one or more pneumococcal vaccinations.

Watch the Flu Vaccines Q&A video

Watch the Pneumococcal Vaccines Q&A video

View the CDC’s Flu Talk webpage

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