Unless we can eliminate vaccine-preventable disease, it is important to continue immunizing. Even if there are only a few cases of disease today, if we take away the protection given by vaccination, more and more people will become infected and will spread disease to others. Soon we will undo the progress we have made over the years.
In our mobile society, over a million people each day people travel to and from other countries, where many vaccine-preventable diseases remain relatively common. Without vaccines, epidemics of many preventable diseases could return, resulting in increased - and unnecessary - illness, disability, and death among children and adults.
While many adults were vaccinated as children, some may require booster doses or additional vaccinations. Additionally, as you age or if your health changes, new vaccinations may be recommended. You should discuss vaccinations with your primary care provider to determine if you are up to date.
The Center for Disease Control provides information on vaccinations and recommended schedules based on age and health risks. For more information, click on the links below:
- Common questions about vaccinations:
- Recommended vaccinations for adults:
- Recommended vaccinations for children aged 0-6:
- Recommended vaccinations for children aged 7-18
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