QUICK FACTS ABOUT ADULT IMMUNIZATION
You never outgrow the need for vaccines. No matter
what your age, there are recommended vaccines to help
keep you healthy.
- Following your immunization schedule is one of the best ways to stay on track with the vaccines you need.
- If you were vaccinated as a child, some of the protection from the vaccines can decrease over time. Plus, there are vaccines now available that may not have been available when you were a child.
- It's never too late to get vaccinated. Even if you are behind on your vaccines or were not vaccinated as a child, your healthcare provider can help get you back on track.
- Each year more than 50,000 people in the U.S. die from vaccine-preventable diseases. That is more than the number of people who die from HIV/AIDS, breast cancer, or traffic accidents combined.
- You cannot get the flu from the flu vaccine.
- The following diseases are especially serious in adults 65 years old or older: flu (influenza), diphtheria, herpes zoster (shingles), pneumococcus and tetanus (lockjaw). All of them can be prevented by vaccines.
- Everyone should keep a record of the vaccines they've received. ImmTrac, the Texas Immunization Registry makes it easy. This free service from the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is a secure, safe, and confidential way to maintain your family's immunization records.
- It's important to talk to your doctor or another healthcare provider about your immunization history. It's also a good idea to check if you need additional vaccines whenever you plan to travel outside the U.S. Newborns are particularly vulnerable to many vaccine-preventable diseases but are too young to be vaccinated against most of them. Adults who will be around newborns should take special care to keep up with their vaccines so they do not pass a vaccine-preventable disease to the unprotected baby. Pertussis (whooping cough) and the flu are two of the most common vaccine-preventable diseases that infected adults can pass to a baby.