Protecting Your Health
No matter where you go, getting vaccinated is one of the safest and most effective ways to keep you, your friends, family and neighbors in good health.
Many don’t realize that vaccines are needed throughout your life. Immunity gained from childhood vaccines can wear off over time. Additionally, you are at risk for different diseases as an adult because of factors such as age, health conditions, job, lifestyle or travel habits.
Be sure to talk to your Baylor Medicine healthcare professional today about the vaccines recommended for you.
Vaccines Commonly Recommended for Adults
- Influenza (Flu) vaccine every year during flu season, including pregnant women during any trimester.
- Td/Tdap vaccine one time, no matter when you got your last tetanus (Td) vaccine. Pregnant women also need Tdap vaccine during every pregnancy. These vaccines protect against tetanus and diphtheria or tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis also known as whooping cough.
- Tdap or Td vaccine booster every 10 years.
- COVID-19 vaccine one time (up to 2 doses) aged 12 and older including those previously infected and recovered from COVID-19 and pregnant women.
- COVID-19 vaccine third doses of the mRNA vaccines (Pfizer or Moderna) are recommended for moderately for severely immunocompromised people.
- COVID-19 vaccine booster is now recommended for specific populations six months after completing the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. Recipients of the Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine are eligible to receive a booster shot at least 2 months after the primary dose.
- Pneumococcal (Pneumonia) vaccines for all adults 65 years or older. Older children and other adults should also get the pneumococcal vaccines especially with certain medical conditions or if they smoke cigarettes.
One or more of the above-mentioned vaccines are available at Baylor Medicine Family Medicine, General Internal Medicine or our COVID-19 Vaccine clinic. Additional vaccines may be available at some of our clinic locations or at your local pharmacy.
Adult Immunization Schedule
Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/