Are you up to date on vaccines?

Vaccinations are available at your primary care provider’s office or at any of 8 Norton Prompt Care at Walgreens clinics. You also may view all your care options and schedule online at

We’ve heard a lot about COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters in the last few years, but there are other adult vaccines you need, too. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages all adults to maintain a regular vaccination schedule.

Do adults need vaccinations?

The short answer is yes.

“Vaccines help everybody,” said Monalisa M. Tailor, M.D., internal medicine physician with Norton Community Medical Associates. “Childhood immunizations can wear off, and you can be at risk for developing diseases based on your job, lifestyle or travel habits.”

Where to get vaccinated

Vaccinations are available at your primary care provider’s office, Norton Prompt Care clinics, Norton Immediate Care Centers and our Norton Healthcare Express Services drive-thru location with an appointment. Talk to your provider about which vaccines are right for you.

Why should adults get vaccinated?

In general, all adults need regular shots to keep them from getting and spreading the many vaccine-preventable diseases such as flu (influenza) and whooping cough (pertussis).

“Skipping vaccines means you run the risk of missing work, running up medical bills or not being well enough to care for your family,” Dr. Tailor said.

Following the recommended adult vaccine schedule helps you keep track of which shots you need to have updated and which ones can benefit you as you get older.

Choosing not to vaccinate can have a dramatic impact on you, your family and your community. In the last decade, outbreaks of preventable diseases have risen dramatically.

“As we experienced with COVID-19, vaccines work best when everyone does their part,” Dr. Tailor said.

What vaccines do adults need?

“It depends on age and health status,” Dr. Tailor said. “The CDC recommends a seasonal flu vaccine, as well as a Tdap [diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis] if the person did not receive one as a child — then tetanus and diphtheria boosters every 10 years.”

Recommended immunizations for adults

  • COVID-19: CDC guidance as of June 2024
  • Influenza: annually in late summer or early fall; can help even if flu shot is given now until the beginning of next year
  • Tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis: one dose with a booster (Tdap) every 10 years (If you are pregnant or have been wounded, discuss receiving another dose with your health care provider.)
  • Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR): two doses at least four weeks apart if born after 1957 or are a health care worker
  • Varicella (chickenpox): two doses at least four weeks apart if born after 1980; two more doses upon turning 65 if you are at risk of infection. (Discuss with your provider to determine if you potentially could be exposed.)
  • Zoster (shingles) recombinant: two doses two to six months apart after age 50, even if you had the chickenpox virus as a child
  • HPV: two or three doses spread out over five or six months depending on age of initial vaccination or condition. (Discuss with your provider to determine whether you should receive another course up to age 45. It can help protect against cancer.)
  • Pneumococcal vaccination against the Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria: one dose for ages 65 or older; or if received before age 65, a second dose at least five years after the first
  • Hepatitis A: two-dose series regardless of risk, if desired, after age 19
  • Hepatitis B: two or three doses after age 19 depending on the vaccination you receive
  • Meningococcal ACWY: one or two doses after age 19 if you are at risk
  • Meningococcal B: patients ages 19 to 23 — discuss risk level with provider; for 24 or older, two or three doses depending on the vaccination received and your risk level
  • Haemophilus influenza type B (HIB): recommended for all children younger than 5 years old, and adults who have certain medical conditions and are unvaccinated or who receive a bone marrow transplant

If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, check with your OB/GYN about what vaccine schedule you should follow.

Travel vaccines

It’s important to be up to date on recommended routine vaccines prior to travel. Depending on your destination, the CDC may recommend certain vaccines to help you stay healthy on your trip. Norton Healthcare offers travel vaccines at select Norton Immediate Care Center locations, Norton Prompt Care clinics and Norton Healthcare Express Services. Call (502) 629-1234, option 3, for assistance in scheduling.

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