Getting all of the recommended vaccinations can protect your child from certain diseases, but kids are not the only ones who need shots. In addition to other shots, everyone age 6 months and older should receive a flu shot each year. If you can't remember the last time you received a vaccination, you may be gambling with your health.
Each state has its own immunization requirements, but most ask for written proof of immunizations from a doctor or clinic before you can sign your child up for school. Next to clean drinking water, immunizations have been called one of the most important public health interventions in history. They’ve have saved millions of lives.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests older children get vaccinations if they did not already get all recommended doses. Learn more about immunizations for college students.
When was the last time you received a vaccination? Many adults wrongly assume that the vaccines they received as children will protect them for the rest of their lives. Learn more about immunizations for adults.
Influenza, or the flu, is a contagious respiratory illness caused by an influenza virus. It can cause mild to very bad illness, and at times can lead to death. A good way to avoid seasonal flu is to get a flu vaccination each year. Learn more about the flu shot.
Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is a highly contagious bacterial disease that causes strong, uncontrollable coughing which often makes it hard to breathe. It can affect people of all ages, but newborns and babies are at highest risk of serious illness, hospitalization, and death.