Regardless of age, we all need immunizations to help keep us healthy. Receiving all CDC-recommended immunizations on time is crucial to protecting yourself and others against serious and sometimes deadly diseases. Primary care doctors treat families across their lifespan and can help make sure you and your family stay up-to-date on vaccines throughout your lives.

The Facts: Vaccines

Vaccines prevent diseases in babies, children, teens and adults.

  • Infants are particularly vulnerable to infectious diseases; that is why it is critical to protect them through immunization. Each day, nearly 12,000 babies are born in the United States who will need to be immunized before age two against 14 vaccine-preventable diseases.
  • Any visit to the doctor—from annual health checkups to sports, camp, or college physicals—can be a good time for preteens and teens to get their recommended vaccinations.
  • Each year, thousands of adults in the United States are hospitalized, or even die, due to serious health problems caused by diseases that could be prevented by regular vaccinations.

Primary Care: Ensuring Prevention across the Lifespan

Your primary care doctor is an important resource for keeping you and your family up-to-date on vaccinations. If you’re not sure if you or your child has received a particular vaccine, ask your doctor. Any visit to your primary care doctor is a great time to ask about recommended vaccinations.

While most parents know the importance of vaccinating their young children, many may forget about important vaccinations later in life, as the rates of vaccination for adolescents and adults is much lower than vaccination rates for young children in the U.S.

Patient resources:

Focus on immunizations: (English) (Spanish – coming soon)

Recommended Immunizations for Infants, Children and Teens

Recommended Immunizations for Adults

All information sourced from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and FamilyDoctor.org, a resource operated by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).

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