Why VaccinateUpdated 1-11-24

Vaccines help your body create protective antibodies—proteins that help it fight off infections. By getting vaccinated, you can protect yourself and avoid spreading preventable diseases to others.

  • Vaccines are safe and have saved lives for over 100 years.
  • Vaccines are the best tool to protect yourself and others from preventable diseases.
  • Vaccines can prevent serious illness and death.

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Vaccine Safety

There are a number of safeguards required by law to help ensure that the vaccines we receive are safe. Every approved vaccine goes through safety testing, including:

  • Testing and evaluation of the vaccine before it’s licensed for use.
  • Monitoring the vaccine’s safety after it is recommended.

Visit the CDC's Vaccine Safety page for additional information regarding the safety and efficacy of vaccinations.

Adult Immunization Schedules

Click here for the 2024 recommended vaccines schedule for adults.

Use this free Adult Vaccine Assessment Tool (CDC) to help you figure out what vaccines you may need.

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) develops recommendations for U.S. immunizations based on extensive research and evidence. The recommendations include ages when vaccines should be given, number of doses, time between doses, and precautions and contraindications.

Adults 60 Years of Age and Older

As we get older, our immune systems tend to weaken over time, putting us at higher risk for certain diseases. Older adults should get:

Talk with your doctor or other healthcare professional to find out which vaccines are recommended for you at your next medical appointment.

Where to Find Vaccines

There are many places to find free or low-cost vaccines.

Paying for Vaccines

How to pay for vaccines is a common question adults have. There are several ways to pay for vaccines, including programs available to help people who can’t afford to pay for recommended vaccines:

  • Private insurance
    • All Health Insurance Marketplace plans and most other private insurance plans must cover certain vaccines without charging a copayment or coinsurance when provided by an in-network provider. Check with your insurance provider for coverage details.
  • Medicare
    • Medicare Part B and Medicare Part D plans will pay for some or all adult vaccines recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. Contact your plan to find out about coverage.
  • Medicaid
    • Beginning October 1, 2023 most adults with coverage from Medicaid and CHIP will be guaranteed coverage of all vaccines recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice at no cost to them.
  • Military
    • If you serve in the military or are a military dependent, you are eligible for TRICARE.
  • If you don't have insurance
    • Free and low-cost vaccination clinics can be found here. Additionally visit www.HealthCare.gov to learn about affordable health coverage options.
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General Vaccine Information

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