Who Needs Immunization?
We all need immunizations (also called vaccines or shots) to protect us from serious diseases like measles, pertussis, diphtheria, and rubella. Unfortunately, people in the U.S. still die from these and other vaccine-preventable diseases.
Everyone over age 6 months needs a seasonal flu shot every year. Other shots work best when they are given at certain ages. Talk to your doctor or nurse to find out which immunizations you need.
Here are some general guidelines:
- Children need a series of shots from birth to age 6 to protect against measles, polio, chicken pox, and hepatitis. Visit our Child Immunization page.
- Pre-teens need recommended shots at age 11 or 12.
- All 11 and 12-year-olds need shots to help protect against tetanus, diphtheria, whooping cough, and meningitis.
- The CDC recommends girls and boys get HPV vaccine to protect against the most common cause of cervical cancer.
- All adults need a tetanus booster shot every 10 years. Visit our Adult Immunization page.
- People age 65 need a one-time pneumonia shot.
CDC National Immunization Information Hotline : 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636)