Vaccination Schedule for Adults and Adolescents

  • Medical Author:

    Dr. Eddie Hooker is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Services Administration at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is also an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Louisville and at Wright State University. His areas of expertise include emergency medicine, epidemiology, health-services management, and public health.

  • Medical Editor: Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD
    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.

What is the vaccination schedule for adolescents?

Recommended vaccination schedule for adolescents (not including catch-up vaccinations)
VaccineRecommended Age for Vaccination
Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Tdap)11-12 years
Human papillomavirus (HPV) (three doses)11-12 years
Meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4)11-12 years (first dose)
13-18 years (second dose)
Influenza (flu)Yearly
PneumococcalRecommended for some children with certain medical conditions (check with the child's physician)
Hepatitis A
Hepatitis B
Inactivated polio vaccine (IPV)
Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)
Varicella
Recommended if the child is catching up on missed vaccines

What is the vaccination schedule for adults?

Recommended vaccination schedule for adults
VaccineRecommended age of vaccination
Influenza (flu)Yearly
Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Tdap)
or
tetanus, diphtheria (Td)
Tdap once as an adult
Td every 10 years
Varicella (chickenpox)Two doses (unless had documented disease or immunized as a child or adolescent)
Human papillomavirus (HPV) (three doses)Three doses before 26 years of age (unless already immunized as an adolescent)
Zoster (shingles)One dose after 60 years of age
Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)One or two doses (unless immunized previously, known to have been previously infected or born prior to 1957)
PneumococcalAll people over 65 years of age
People in special high-risk groups and who have certain chronic illnesses should receive both of the two different pneumococcal vaccines as soon as possible
Hepatitis ATwo doses in certain patients who are high risk (unless immunized previously)
Hepatitis BThree doses in certain patients who are high risk (unless immunized previously)
Haemophilus influenza type b (Hib)One to three doses in certain patients who are high risk (unless immunized previously)

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/14/2016

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