Vaccines are just as important for adults as they are for children. Vaccines help adults stay healthy, which means fewer doctor’s appointments, fewer medical expenses, less missed time from work, and more time doing the things you love. Getting vaccinated also helps adults protect their loved ones by preventing the spread of a severe illness to a loved one, especially to babies and the elderly.
Vaccine-preventable illness can pose a serious threat to any adult, but there are also a few conditions that put adults more at risk of severe illness from vaccine-preventable diseases. These include age and some health conditions like diabetes, heart disease, or lung disease.
Here are a few resources on what you need to know about adult vaccines:
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Frequently Asked Questions
With abundant online information, people often have vaccine-related questions. However, not everything you read about vaccines is true. To obtain accurate information, it is crucial to rely on science-based sources. Here are some trusted sources for reliable vaccine information.
Adult Vaccine Recommendations and SchedulesAll adults need a seasonal flu vaccine! Even if you don’t usually get sick from the flu, getting the shot will help prevent you from spreading it to others who may be at much higher risk. All adults also need a Td or Tdap vaccine for tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis. You may need additional vaccines if you have other health conditions. Center for Disease Control’s Adult Vaccine Recommendations When Adults Need Vaccines & What They Are What Vaccines Do You Need? A Quick & Easy Adult Vaccine Quiz Vaccine Recommendations for Travel
Where to Find VaccinesVaccines may be available at your doctor’s office, pharmacies, health clinics or centers, and other community locations near you. If your primary healthcare provider does not stock vaccines, you can ask for a referral or contact your local health department to find out more about where to get vaccines in your communities. This website is also helpful in locating places offering vaccines in your community: https://vaccinefinder.org/
Paying for VaccinesAll Health Insurance marketplace plans and most other private insurance plans cover certain vaccines without charging a copayment or coinsurance, even if you haven’t met your deductible. Medicare and Medicaid will also cover certain vaccines. You can find more details on this website: Paying for Vaccines. For those that don’t have insurance, the Virginia Vaccines for Adults (VVFA) program can help. VVFA is a statewide program through the Virginia Department of Health that helps adults that are uninsured get vaccines at little to no cost. Healthcare providers enroll in this program and offer vaccines in underserved areas.The vaccines available through this program are recommended by CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, although not all participating sites stock all vaccines. Individuals that have full insurance that will cover the cost of the vaccine are not eligible for this program. If you are an adult seeking a referral for this program, call your local health department to find out where to get vaccines through this program in your area. For more information on this call program the Virginia Department of Health 1-800-568-1929 or 1-804-864-8055. If you have more questions about vaccines, check out our Frequently Asked Questions page.