5 Vaccines You Need Now


Vaccines aren't just for the kiddies: Grown-ups need to stay up-to-date on important shots as well.

Yet adults ages 18 to 26 are a lot less clued in about vaccine-preventable diseases than older Americans are, finds a recent survey from the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases.

The vaccines most important for young adults are hepatitis B, tetanus booster, HPV, meningitis, and flu.

For info on the whats and whens of vaccines, go to cdc.gov/vaccines and click on "Immunization Schedules."

Here's what else the survey found about young adults' inoculation intel:

70 percent: Don't know the flu kills more Americans each year than any other vaccine-preventable disease.

55 percent: Don't know the same virus that causes chicken pox (which is preventable by vaccine) also causes shingles.

51 percent: Have no idea that they need to receive a tetanus booster shot every 10 years.

34 percent: Think that the common cold is preventable by a vaccine. News flash: It's not.

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