Adults Ages 19 Through 26

Young adults need vaccines, too. Vaccines protect young adults from getting serious and even deadly diseases. They may be especially important if you’re living in close quarters with others — like college dorms — and sharing bedrooms, bathrooms, and food. This can make you more likely to come into contact with dangerous germs.

By getting vaccinated, you can help keep yourself, your family, and your community healthy.

Which vaccines are recommended for adults ages 19 through 26?

It’s important for young adults to get vaccines that protect against diseases like the flu and whooping cough. You also need to be up to date on meningococcal and HPV vaccines.

Check this easy-to-read vaccine schedule (PDF - 148KB) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to find out which vaccines are recommended for adults ages 19 through 26.

Vaccine calendar

Find the right vaccines for you

You may also need other vaccines — for example, if you’re planning to travel outside the United States. Learn more about vaccines for:

Make sure your childhood vaccines are up to date

In addition to getting the vaccinations you need now as a young adult, it’s important to make sure you’ve had all of your childhood vaccinations. Find out how to get your vaccination record .

It’s also a good idea to ask your doctor about any childhood shots that you may have missed — or new vaccines that are now available.

Find out which vaccines you need

CDC’s Adult Vaccine Quiz helps you create a list of vaccines you may need based on your age, health conditions, and more.

Take the quiz now!

Get vaccinated

Getting vaccinated is easy. Vaccines are available at the doctor’s office and many pharmacies — and most are covered by insurance.

Find out how to get vaccinated.

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