Immunization Recommendations for Adults

19-64 Years Old


Immunizations are not just for kids but for people of all ages. Vaccines protect you and others around you from various diseases. It is as important for you to stay up to date on immunizations as an adult, as it was when you were a child. Adults can still get sick from diseases that could be prevented by vaccines. As an adult, you may need additional vaccines depending on your health, age, job, lifestyle, or travel plans. In addition, immunity provided by some childhood vaccines may decrease over time, so booster shots may be needed to boost your immunity and keep you protected. Talk with your healthcare provider about what vaccines they recommend for you.

Vaccines Recommended for Adults 

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Additional Vaccines for Adults Ages 19-26

Additional Vaccines for Adults Ages 27-49

Additional Vaccines for Adults Ages 50-64

Other Vaccines You May Need

Make sure you are up to date on your vaccines. Learn about vaccines you may have missed or are recommended for you based on your age, job, lifestyle, travel plans, or health conditions. Talk to your healthcare provider about which vaccines they recommend for you.

  • Hepatitis A Vaccine—May be recommended for people who are traveling to certain countries. Hep A Vaccine Handout
  • Hepatitis B Vaccine—Recommended for people at risk for infection through sexual exposure, exposure to blood, travel to certain countries, health conditions, or other circumstances that may expose them to hepatitis B. Hep B Vaccine Handout
  • Measles Mumps and Rubella (MMR) Vaccine—Recommended for adults who did not received the vaccine as a child or do not have proof of immunity. Additional doses of MMR vaccine are recommended for adults who are at a high risk of getting exposed, including people who work in healthcare, international travelers, or students in educational settings. MMR Vaccine Handout
  • Pneumococcal (Pneumonia) Vaccine (PCV13 or PPSV23)—Recommended for adults with chronic health conditions that effect the heart, liver, lungs, or kidneys. It is also recommended for adults who smoke cigarettes as well as adults with an immunocompromised condition, asplenia, cerebrospinal leak or cochlear implant. Pneumococcal Vaccine Handout
  • Varicella (Chickenpox) Vaccine—Recommended for adults who have never had chickenpox or have not received the chickenpox vaccine. Chickenpox Vaccine Handout  
    The chickenpox vaccine is especially important for certain people including:
    • People who work in healthcare
    • Teachers and others who spend time around children
    • Military personnel
    • People who live or work in communal settings (such as student housing, correctional institutions, or nursing homes)
    • International travelers  

What vaccines do you need?

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Vaccine Recommendations For: 

For more information or to request materials,
contact the San Diego Immunization Unit via e-mail or call us at (866) 358-2966.