National Immunization Awareness Month

August 13, 2012

Shots can prevent infectious diseases like measles, diphtheria, and rubella. But people in the U.S. still die from these and other vaccine-preventable diseases. It's important to know which shots you need and when to get them.

Everyone age 6 months and older needs a seasonal flu shot every year. Other shots work best when they are given at certain ages. Here are some general guidelines:

  • Children need a series of shots from birth to age 6.
  • Pre-teens need recommended shots at age 11 or 12.
  • All adults need a Td booster shot every 10 years to protect against tetanus and diphtheria.

Talk to your doctor or nurse to find out which immunizations you need. For more information, visit Immunization (

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