Vaccination is one of the best ways you can protect yourself from potentially harmful diseases that can be very serious, may require hospitalization, or even be deadly. Because of vaccines, some diseases (like polio and diphtheria) are becoming rare in the U.S.
And immunizations are not just for children. Protection from some childhood vaccines can wear off over time. Adults may also be at risk for vaccine-preventable disease due to age, job, lifestyle, travel, or health conditions.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers recommendations for adult vaccines. You may discuss vaccinations with your healthcare provider during any appointment.