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Some adults incorrectly assume that the vaccines they received as children will protect them for the rest of their lives. Generally this is true, except that:

• Some adults were never vaccinated as children

• Newer vaccines were not available when some adults were children

• Immunity can begin to fade over time

• As we age, we become more susceptible to serious disease caused by common infections (e.g., flu,

pneumococcus)

Consult the Adult Vaccine Preventable Diseases page to learn about each disease. It includes a short description, symptoms, complications, transmission, and whether or not you need the vaccine as an adult.

Vaccine-preventable Diseases Descriptions

The following is a list of diseases that can be prevented by immunization. Some immunizations are vital for most adults, especially senior citizens. Others are appropriate for only certain people.

Especially Serious Diseases for Adults age 65 or older:

Diphtheria | Influenza (flu) | Pneumococcus | Tetanus (lockjaw)

Short descriptions of vaccine-preventable child diseases:

Diphtheria

Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)

Hepatitis A

Hepatitis B

Herpes Zoster (Shingles)

Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

Influenza

Measles

Meningococcal

Mumps

Pertussis (whooping cough)

Pneumococcus

Polio

Rubella (German measles)

Tetanus (lockjaw)

Varicella (chickenpox)

Shingles Vaccine link:

http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpdvac/shingles/vacfaqs.htm

Adult recommended Immunization schedule: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/recs/schedules/adult‐schedule.htm