Vaccines prevent dangerous or deadly diseases that can spread easily from person to person. Vaccines aren't just for kids.

  • There are vaccines now available that may not have existed when today's adults were children.
  • The viruses and bacteria that cause many diseases are still a threat today.
  • These days, as people travel all over the world, they may get diseases and bring them back home.
  • The protection you get from childhood vaccines can decrease over time.
  • Some people, such as older adults, unvaccinated children, people with chronic illness, and those with weakened immune systems are particularly vulnerable to vaccine-preventable diseases.
  • What would happen if we stopped vaccinations? Read the reason why it is necessary for everyone to get vaccinated to remain healthy and safe. http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/

Vaccines are not just for kids. Whether you are a young adult, middle-aged adult, or a senior citizen, you need vaccines to help keep you healthy.

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.

Just like getting annual check-ups, vaccines are one of the first steps to help keep you healthy. Otherwise, you're risking serious illness and long-term suffering – which can easily be prevented! Plus, when you get sick, you can spread disease to your children, grandchildren, parents, friends, and the rest of the community.

Which vaccines you need depend on many factors, such as your age, lifestyle, high-risk conditions, type and locations of travel, and previous vaccines you may have received. Ask your healthcare provider or family doctor about all the vaccines you may need.