Vaccines to keep your family healthy

August is National Immunization Awareness month.

clinical staff with mask gives shot in arm

It’s the perfect time to promote immunizations and remind family, friends, and coworkers to get caught up on their shots.

Not just for kids

Immunizations (or vaccinations) aren’t just for babies and young kids. We all need shots to help protect us from serious diseases and illness. Everyone over age 6 months needs a seasonal flu shot every year. Here are some other shots people need at different ages:

Young children

  • Children under age 6 get a series of shots to protect against measles, polio, chicken pox, and hepatitis.


  • All 11- and 12-year-olds need shots to help protect against tetanus, diphtheria, whooping cough, and meningitis.
  • Doctors recommend girls also get the HPV vaccine to protect against the most common cause of cervical cancer.


  • All adults need a tetanus shot every 10 years.
  • People age 65 need a one-time pneumonia shot.
  • Talk to your doctor or nurse about which shots you and your family need.

Information provided by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.