Vaccines are NOT just for kids! Regardless of age, we ALL need immunization to help keep us healthy. Protection from vaccines received as a child can wear off over time, and adults may also be at risk for new and different diseases based on age, health condition, lifestyle, job, travel, or other factors. Even young and healthy adults are susceptible to these serious, and sometimes deadly, diseases that could be prevented by vaccines.
men each year. About 4,000 women die each year from cervical cancer.
In the United States:
Each year, an average of 226,000 people are hospitalized due to influenza and between 3,000 and 49,000 people die of influenza and its complications, the majority are among adults.
There were approximately 32,000 cases of invasive pneumococcal disease in 2012. Of those cases, there were about 3,300 deaths.
800,000 to 1.4 million people suffer from chronic hepatitis B, with complications such as liver cancer.
In the U.S., HPV causes about 17,000 cancers in women, and about 9,000 cancers in men each year. About 4,000 women die each year from cervical cancer.
Each year in the United States, 1 million people get shingles and some will have severe pain that can continue even long after their rash clears up (called post-herpetic neuralgia) or they may suffer from other painful complications that could persist for years.
Vaccinations for Adults - You're never too old to get immunized!
NEW ACIP Recommendation for Pneumococcal Vaccines for All Adults 65 Years or Older
EFFECTIVE SEP 19, 2014
*NOTE: PCV13 and PPSV23 are now recommended for all adults 65 years or older
If not previously vaccinated, administer PCV13 first; give PPSV23 6-12 months after
If previously received PPSV23, administer PCV13 ≥12 months after
Read more about this new recommendation at CDC.org
What you need to know: