Patients & Adult Vaccinations
Vaccines are not just for children! Adult vaccinations are important to staying healthy and living a long life. Adults require boosters for vaccines they may have received as a child, as well as initial vaccines that prevent illnesses that older adults are more likely to contract. Creating a proper vaccination schedule for adults can be extremely beneficial. Being immunized as a spouse, parent, grandparent, neighbor or community member means you are protecting those around you and are encouraging others to discuss the topic with their doctor.
Additional Resources about Adult Vaccinations
Adult Vaccinations Schedule: Which Vaccines Should Adults Get?
Most adults believe that vaccines are just for children; this is simply not true. While adult vaccinations schedules vary and depend on a number of different factors, it’s important for adults to do research on vaccines that they could benefit from. For adults that travel a lot, it may be worth looking at the different travel vaccinations that are suggested.
Adult Immunization Schedules >>
Adult Vaccinations: A Lifetime of Health Booklet
|In this booklet you will find information on adult vaccinations and the diseases they prevent. You will also learn who should get them, and why adult immunizations are an important part of your routine health care. View booklet >>|
NYSIIS – What It’s All About!
Test Your Knowledge of Adult Vaccinations – Take The Quiz!
Do you know which adult vaccines you need? Take the Adult Vaccine Quiz, made available by the CDC.
Immunizations for Women
Whooping Cough Vaccine for Adults
Adult vaccines protect children, too. Unfortunately, many adults don’t realize the importance of keeping up-to-date on vaccines like Tdap, which protects against whooping cough (pertussis). Watch this whooping cough vaccine video to see how a simple Tdap booster during pregnancy could have prevented this mother from passing pertussis on to her newborn son.
Get Help Paying for Your Immunizations
Need Insurance? You and your family have many new low cost, quality health insurance options available through the New York State of Health Plan Individual Marketplace. Quickly compare health plan options and apply for assistance that could lower the cost of your health coverage and help pay for your immunizations. You may also qualify for health care coverage from Medicaid or Child Health Plus through the Marketplace. Open enrollment occurs at certain times of the year. You can enroll at any time if you’ve had a change in your life that affects your health care coverage. This includes events such as losing a job or birth of a child. Apply online through the New York State of Health, New York’s official health plan marketplace.
Do you need a health care provider? Community Health Centers provide primary care regardless of your ability to pay. Find a Community Health Center near you. You can also contact your local health department to see what adult vaccines they may provide at low or no cost. To find out how to contact your local health department, visit our directory map and click on your home county to go to their website.
Shingles Vaccine for Adults
Shingles, also called herpes zoster or zoster, is a painful skin rash caused by the virus that causes chickenpox (varicella-zoster virus). Adults who contract shingles can experience far more damage than most people realize. Shingles symptoms can often be mistaken for a simple skin rash or eye infection. In this shingles vaccination video, a wife shares the impact the shingles virus had on her husband’s health and how an adult shingles vaccination could have prevented the infection.