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Adult Immunization Awareness: Centers for Disease Control · New Jersey Dept. of Health · Vaccine Schedule PDF

You may not realize that you need vaccines throughout your life. Adults need to keep their vaccinations up to date because immunity from childhood vaccines can wear off over time. You are also at risk for different diseases as an adult. Vaccination is one of the most convenient and safest preventive care measures available.

You may need other vaccines based on your age, health conditions, job, lifestyle, or travel habits. Learn more about what other vaccines may be recommended for you and talk to your healthcare professional about which vaccines are right for you.

You may need other vaccines based on your age, health conditions, job, lifestyle, or travel habits.

Click here for the Vaccine Self-Assement Tool, and learn more about what other vaccines may be recommended for you and talk to your healthcare professional about which vaccines are right for you.


With the start of the new school year approaching, the New Jersey Department of Health encourages parents to get the appropriate back-to-school vaccinations for their children. Child care facilities are especially vulnerable to outbreaks of infectious diseases.

Vaccines protect against 16 serious diseases such as diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio, measles, mumps, rubella, Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib), hepatitis B, varicella (chickenpox) and pneumococcal disease, thereby reducing the spread of disease to others in classrooms, child care centers and communities.

As children get older, they are more likely to get certain diseases like meningococcal disease and infections that can lead to human papillomavirus (HPV) cancers. Preteens can be protected long before their risk of infection increases by getting recommended vaccines.

Additionally, some childhood vaccines wear off over time, so booster shots are needed to help stay protected from serious diseases like tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis.

Information about vaccines, recommended immunization schedules for all age groups, and programs that provides vaccines at no cost to children of low-income families can be found at cdc.gov/vaccines

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