Adults Need Vaccines Too!

Your need for immunizations doesn't end when you reach adulthood. Each time you visit your health care provider, ask what vaccines you might need.

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Vaccines for all adults
Vaccines for adults at certain ages
Vaccines for adults with certain medical conditions or special situations
Vaccines for travelers
Additional resources

Vaccines for all adults

  • Influenza: All adults should get flu vaccine every year.
  • Tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis (Tdap): Every adult should get one dose of Tdap vaccine. Then, every 10 years after that, get a Td (tetanus-diphtheria) vaccine. Pregnant women should get a dose of Tdap during every pregnancy, even if they’ve had it before.
  • Varicella (chickenpox): Every adult who has never had chickenpox and has never been vaccinated against varicella should get two doses of varicella vaccine.

Vaccines for adults at certain ages

  • Meningococcal: Through age 21, if a first-year college student living in a residence hall.
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV): For all women through age 26, all men through age 21, and certain men through age 26 – those who have compromised immune systems or who have sex with other men.
  • Measles-mumps-rubella (MMR): If born in 1957 or later. Most adults only need one dose of MMR. Those going to school, travelers, and health care workers need two doses.
  • Zoster (shingles): For those age 60 and up.
  • Pneumococcal: Everyone age 65 and up, even if you had a dose previously.

Vaccines for adults with certain medical conditions or special situations

  • Pneumococcal: For people who have diabetes; lung, heart, or liver disease (including alcoholism); immune suppression; asplenia; or cochlear implants. Also for smokers and those living in long-term care facilities.
  • Meningococcal: For people who have asplenia or certain chronic immune defects. Also for microbiologists with occupational exposure.
  • Hepatitis A: For people with chronic liver disease or clotting factor disorders. Also for men who have sex with men (MSM) and close contacts of newly arriving international adoptees.
  • Hepatitis B: For people with chronic liver disease, diabetes, clotting factor disorders, HIV or another sexually transmitted infection, or are on dialysis. Also for MSM, health care workers, and developmental disability workers.

Vaccines for travelers

  • If you’re traveling outside the United States, you may need to be vaccinated against hepatitis A, hepatitis B, MMR, influenza, meningococcal disease, yellow fever, typhoid, rabies, or Japanese encephalitis.
  • Allow several weeks before your trip because some vaccines require more than one dose.
  • International Travel Health Clinics Serving Minnesota Residents
    A list of clinics serving Minnesota residents authorized to provide yellow fever vaccine.

Additional resources

Updated Wednesday, 16-Jul-2014 14:30:08 CDT