Why should I get vaccinated?

Protect yourself and your loved ones.

Vaccines lower your chance of getting certain diseases by helping your body safely develop immunity. If you do get sick, vaccines lower your risk of suffering from complications of disease by increasing your body’s ability to fight the infection.

Vaccines also lower your chance of spreading disease to others around you. Some of your friends or loved ones may not be able to receive vaccines themselves due to their health condition. When healthy adults receive vaccines, it helps protect the whole community against the spread of serious diseases.

Save time and money.

Vaccines help keep you healthy, so you don’t have to miss work, your children’s activities or gatherings with your family. And so you have more time to do the things you enjoy!

It can also be very costly to get sick. Even with insurance, medical bills can add up quickly if you become seriously ill, hospitalized or disabled due to disease.

What are vaccines?

Vaccines use very small amounts of antigens to help your immune system recognize diseases and learn to fight them. Antigens include any substance that causes the body’s immune system to respond and go to work fighting the virus.

Vaccines are safe and effective for adults. By following your immunization schedule and getting vaccinated as recommended by your healthcare provider, you can protect yourself from serious vaccine-preventable diseases.

Which vaccines do I need as an adult?

The vaccines listed below are generally recommended for adults, but needs may vary by person. Talk with your healthcare provider about what vaccines you may need.

Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

A disease caused by the virus, SARS-CoV-2, discovered in December 2019. It causes a respiratory illness similar to the common cold or flu. It is spread person to person through respiratory droplets in the air from coughing, sneezing or talking. Symptoms can include cough, fever, difficulty breathing or loss of taste or smell. In some cases, Covid-19 can cause severe illness, hospitalization or death. LEARN MORE

Influenza (Flu)

A respiratory virus spread through the air by coughing, sneezing, talking or from surfaces that have the virus on them. The flu affects each person differently and symptoms vary. LEARN MORE

Pneumococcal Disease

A disease named for any infection caused by the bacteria Streptococcus pneumoniae, or pneumococcus. These illnesses have varying symptoms and range from ear and sinus infections to pneumonia and bloodstream infections. LEARN MORE


An illness caused by the varicella-zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox. After having chickenpox, the virus stays in the body and can cause Shingles later in life. It develops as a skin rash, usually with blisters and can cause fever, headache, chills and upset stomach. LEARN MORE

Tdap or Td

A vaccine that protects against two or three serious diseases: tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis (whooping cough).

  • Tetanus – A bacterial disease that enters through deep cuts and puncture wounds. It can cause headaches and spasms in the jaw muscles, leading to lockjaw. LEARN MORE
  • Diphtheria – A disease caused by bacteria that live in an infected person’s mouth or throat, spread through coughing and sneezing. Symptoms can include a sore throat or fever, and it may cause difficulty breathing. LEARN MORE
  • Acellular Pertussis (Whooping Cough) – A highly contagious disease caused by bacteria spread through the air. It can cause violent coughing spells that can affect eating, drinking and breathing. LEARN MORE

When do I get vaccinated as an adult?

Our easy-to-read vaccine schedule can be found here:

A schedule of recommended vaccines is provided from the CDC.

Determine your vaccine needs through this short vaccine assessment tool: