Adult vaccines: A checklist for your doctor visit

Take this checklist with you to your next doctor visit. And ask which vaccines may be right for you.

  • Influenza vaccine. Annual immunizations are the best way to prevent the flu. 
  • Tdap or Td vaccine. Tdap protects against tetanus (lockjaw), diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough). Td protects against tetanus and diphtheria.
  • MMR vaccine. Protects against measles, mumps and rubella (German measles).
  • Pneumococcal vaccines. Protect against illnesses such as pneumonia.
  • Hepatitis A and B vaccines. Protect against serious liver diseases.
  • Hib vaccine. Protects against a dangerous bacterial disease called Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib).
  • HPV vaccines. Protect against human papillomavirus. Certain types of this virus cause cervical and other cancers. The vaccines are recommended for preteens. But young adults may still need them if they didn’t get vaccinated as kids.
  • Meningococcal vaccine. Protects against meningitis and blood infections. It’s particularly important for college students who will be living in residence halls and people with certain health conditions.
  • Varicella vaccine. Protects against chickenpox. You may need it if you haven’t had chickenpox before or weren’t vaccinated as a child.
  • Shingles (zoster) vaccine. Protects against a painful skin rash. It’s generally recommended for adults 60 and older. (Note: Most plans don’t cover it before age 60, but there are some exceptions.)

Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Immunization Action Coalition

The information provided here is for general informational purposes only and not intended to be nor should be construed as medical or other advice. You should consult your own doctor and/or an appropriate professional to determine what may be right for you. Treatment options mentioned may not be covered by your benefit plan. Check your plan for specific coverage details.