Wondering about adult vaccinations? Ask your healthcare provider.

Kids aren’t the only ones who need vaccines. Adults need vaccines, too! Over time, protection from vaccines you get as a kid can wear off. Plus, as we get older, we need other vaccinations to help keep us healthy.

If you have questions about vaccines for adults, like what vaccinations you need and when, talk to your healthcare provider. They put you and your health first.

Common Adult Vaccination Questions

  • If I don’t get vaccinated, how sick could I get?
  • When should I get my flu shot?
  • What boosters, if any, do I need?
  • Can I get multiple vaccines at the same time?

Vaccinations help protect adults from diseases.

Vaccines can help prevent many diseases in adults, including:

And if you’re vaccinated and do get sick from these diseases, you’re less likely to get severely ill.

Why do adults need vaccinations?

Some reasons why adults need vaccinations include:

  • Vaccines can prevent serious illness.
  • Vaccines are the best way to protect you and your loved ones from diseases.
  • Some vaccines are required for school, work, travel and more.

Learn more about reasons to get vaccinated.

What can you expect after getting vaccinated?

Common side effects from vaccines are minor and expected as the body builds immunity. Common side effects include:

  • Redness
  • Soreness
  • Tiredness
  • Headache

Recommended Adult Vaccination Schedule

Learn about recommended vaccination schedules for adults.

Who pays for vaccinations?

Private insurance, Medicare and Medicaid are a few entities that pay for vaccinations. Get more information about how to pay for vaccinations.

Keep track of your vaccinations.

It may be required to provide proof of your vaccinations throughout your life. Talk with your healthcare provider about entering immunizations into Iowa’s Immunization Registry Information System (IRIS) and to obtain copies of your records.

 Learn more about IRIS.

Talk to your healthcare provider about adult vaccinations.

Your healthcare provider can answer any vaccine questions you may have, like when to get your flu shot or what other vaccinations you may need as you get older. Ask your healthcare provider  at your next appointment.

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