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3. Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Td, Tdap) Vaccine

How you get it: A shot that protects against all three diseases

How often and when: Aone-time Tdap vaccination is followed by Td booster every 10 years.

Who should get it?

  • Adults up to age 64 who haven’t had the Tdap vaccine in the past 10 years or at all
  • People 65 and older who haven’t had the vaccine and will be in close contact with a baby younger than 12 months of age
  • Pregnant women should get the Tdap vaccine, preferably between weeks 27 and 36 of each pregnancy.
  • Anyone who hasn’t had a tetanus shot in the past 10 years and has already gotten a Tdap shot should get a Td vaccine.

4. Hepatitis A Vaccine

How you get it: As a shot

How often and when: You get thefirst dose any time after age 1, and the second dose at least 6 months later.

Who should get it? People of all ages who:

  • Live in a community with a high rate of hepatitis A
  • Are men who have sex with other men
  • Use street drugs
  • Work in or travel to countries with widespread hepatitis A
  • Live or have traveled where there’s been an outbreak of the disease
  • Have long-lasting liver disease
  • Have HIV
  • Get blood products to help with clotting
  • Work with hepatitis A-infected animals or in research projects on it

5. Hepatitis B Vaccine

How you get it: As a shot

How often and when: You'll get a series of three shots. One month after the first dose, you'll get the second. The third dose should come at least 2 months after the second, but at least 4 months after the first dose.

Who should get it? Adults of all ages at risk for hepatitis B infection, including those who:

  • Are health care workers
  • Have diabetes
  • Have sex with or live in the same house with a person who has the disease
  • Have sex with more than one partner
  • Are men who have sex with other men
  • Get treatment for STDs, HIV, or drug addiction
  • Inject illegal drugs
  • Have advanced kidney disease or are on dialysis
  • Have HIV
  • Work in or go to a center for people with developmental disabilities
  • Have long-lasting liver disease
  • Live or travel for 6 months to a year in countries where hepatitis B is common
  • Are in prison

Make your flu shot make a world of difference.

  • You can help provide a lifesaving vaccine to a child in need through the United Nations Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign.