Adults need immunizations too! Most adults were immunized as children and incorrectly assume that they do not need vaccines as adults. However, the following points should be considered:

  • Some adults were not vaccinated as children or did not receive the complete vaccine series. 
  • Scientific discoveries are always being made, introducing vaccines that were not available before and making new vaccine recommendations. 
  • The immunity provided by some vaccines received during childhood can fade over time.
  • Adults become more susceptible to serious disease caused by common infections as they age (for
    example:influenza and pneumococcus).  

Adult Vaccine Recommendations 

*Adults should contact their healthcare provider to determine if this vaccine is recommended for them.


Vaccines for Uninsured Adults
Adults who do not have access to health insurance coverage for immunizations can receive vaccines at no cost through the Vaccines for Uninsured Adults program. This program provides vaccines, at a minimal administration fee, to adults who are 19 years and older. Contact a local Public Health Nursing office to see if they participate in this program.

Viral Hepatitis Program
Vaccines are provided to program providers for administration to qualifying patients at no cost. Contact a local Public Health Nursing office or visit the Viral Hepatitis Program website at



19-49 Years

50-64 Years

65 Years and Older


Adults need a dose every year, generally in the fall or winter.


Adults need 1-2 doses if they smoke cigarettes or if they have certain chronic medical conditions.*


Adults need 1 dose at age 65 (or older) if they have never been vaccinated before against pneumococcal.

Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Td/Tdap)

Adults should get a 1-time dose of Tdap vaccine for protection from pertussis(whooping cough) and follow up with a Td booster dose every 10 years.  It's recommended that pregnant women receive a dose of Tdap during every pregnancy.

Hepatitis B

This vaccine is given in 3 doses, usually over a 6 month period.  It is recommended for all adults.

Hepatitis A

This vaccine is given in 2 doses, usually over a 6-18 month period.  It is recommended for all adults.

Human papillomavirus (HPV)

Adults need this vaccine if they are 26 years or younger.  The vaccine is given in 3 doses over a 6-month period.



Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)

Adults need 1-2 doses of MMR if they were born in 1957 or later. 

Varicella (Chickenpox)

If an adult has never had chicken pox or did not receive the complete vaccine series, they should talk with their healthcare provider to find out if they need this vaccine.*


Adults who are going to college and plan to live in a dormitory or have certain medical conditions should get vaccinated against meningococcal disease.*

Zoster (Shingles)


Adults who are age 50 years or older should receive the shingles vaccine.