Primary care providers offer vaccinations as needed throughout your life and also maintain a history of the vaccinations you have received to ensure a continuum of care
Vaccines protect children and adults from harmful diseases and are an important step in preventative care. Ensure you and your loved ones are up to date on vaccines for both childhood and adult vaccinations.
Learn more about the recommended vaccinations and booster shots you should review throughout your life.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends specific vaccinations for certain age ranges.
Children vaccines include hepatitis b, chicken pox, measles, mumps and more, while adult vaccinations can include doses of vaccines they had as a child.
Recommended adult vaccines may include:
Hepatitis A: Depending on the specific vaccine prescribed, there may be two or three doses required. For the two dose vaccine, the doses will need to be taken 6-18 months apart. For the three dose vaccine, the first and second dose should be taken 4 weeks apart, while the second and third dose should be taken 5 months apart.
Hepatitis B: This vaccine has a two or three dose variation. The two dose vaccine should be taken four weeks apart, and the three dose requires four weeks between the first and second dose, and two to five months between dose two and three, depending on the vaccine.
Human Papillomavirus (HPV): HPV vaccine is recommended through age 26. If you receive the HPV vaccine between ages 9 to 14, with two doses five months apart, no other doses are required. If you are receiving the vaccine at age 15 or older, there is a three dose requirement. The second dose can be done 4 weeks after the initial dose, and the third dose can be done 12 weeks after the second dose.
Meningococcal: Children should receive the vaccine between ages 11 to 12. Children should receive a booster at 16 years old.
Tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (Tdap): Children should receive a dose of Tdap around ages 11 to 12. Adults should receive a Tdap booster every 10 years.
Pregnant women should receive a Tdap booster during every pregnancy to protect the baby.
Varicella (Chickenpox): There is no proof of immunity; Varicella requires a routine vaccination. Children who are 13 years or younger should have two doses of Varicella vaccine: the first dose can be given 12 to 15 months and the second dose can be given 4 through 6 years of age. For children who are 13 years or older and have not had chickenpox or the vaccine should receive the vaccine in two doses, 4 to 8 weeks apart. Talk to your doctor if you’d like to know about varicella booster shots for adults.
Flu Vaccine: One dose annual for persons age 9 years and older. Two doses, separated by at least 4 weeks, for children aged 6 months-8 years who have received fewer than two influenza vaccine doses before July 1, 2019, or whose influenza vaccine history is unknown.
Talk to your provider about your vaccine history to discuss next steps on booster shots and recommended vaccines.
If you are traveling to other countries, ensure you talk to your provider about recommended vaccinations to keep you healthy and safe during your travels. Different countries have different vaccination requirements.
Your primary care provider can help advise you on your specific travel vaccination needs.