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August 2022 Wellbeing Tip: Vaccines Are Important for Adults Too. 

Vaccinations are not just for children – adults need vaccinations too. Immunity from some childhood vaccines can wear off over time and adults are at risk for different diseases (shingles, for example) than children. Vaccination is one of the safest and most convenient preventive measures available yet vaccination rates among US adults remains low (less than 50%). Adult vaccination rates for Blacks and Hispanics are lower than for Whites and Asians.

Vaccines that are authorized or approved by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) are covered in full by insurance for eligible adults, subject to your health plan’s benefits and exclusions. The best way for people to know what vaccines they need is to see their primary care provider.

Take a look at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention vaccine recommendation charts for children and adults.