August 8, 2013 at 9:12 AM
WARREN, NJ - Vaccines are not just for children but, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), are needed throughout your adult life. Immunity from childhood vaccines can wear off over time and you may be at risk for new and different diseases. Vaccines recommended for adults ages 19-26:
- Tdap vaccine which protects against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (also known as whooping cough).
- HPV vaccine which protects against the human papillomaviruses that cause most cervical cancers, anal cancer, and genital warts.
- Seasonal flu vaccine which protects against influenza.
Some vaccines may also be recommended for adults because of job or school-related requirements, health conditions, or lifestyle. Some states require students entering colleges and universities to be vaccinated against certain diseases like meningitis due to increased risk among college students living in residential housing. Read more about state mandates or use this tool to get your state’s or your new college state's vaccination requirements.
Talk to your health care provider to find out if there are other vaccines that you may need. You can review the Adult Immunization Schedule or take this simple quiz to determine which vaccines you need and create a customized printout .Under the Affordable Care Act, insurance plans that cover children now allow parents to add or keep children on the health insurance policy until they turn 26 years old. For more information, see Can children stay on a parent’s plan through age 26? or healthcare.gov .
Are you planning on visiting or living abroad? You may need certain vaccinations. Learn about countries where vaccine-preventable diseases are more common and if you might need a vaccine before you travel.