National Immunization Awareness Month 

Immunizations (or vaccinations) aren’t just for babies and young kids. We all need shots to help protect us from serious diseases and illness. Everyone over age 6 months needs a seasonal flu shot every year. Here are some other shots people need at different ages:

Young children:

  • Children under age 6 get a series of shots to protect against measles, polio, chicken pox, and hepatitis.

Preteens:

  • All 11- and 12-year-olds need shots to help protect against tetanus, diphtheria, whooping cough, and meningitis.
  • Doctors recommend girls also get the HPV vaccine to protect against the most common cause of cervical cancer.

Adults:

  • All adults need a tetanus shot every 10 years.
  • People age 65 need a one-time pneumonia shot.
  • Talk to your doctor or nurse about which shots you and your family need.