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.
You may also need other vaccines — for example, if you’re planning to travel outside the United States. Learn more about vaccines for:
- Gay or bisexual men
- Health care workers
- Military members
- People with health conditions
- Pregnant women
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.
LAST REVIEWED: March 2020