Posted: Jan 30, 2013 11:03 AM by NBC News
Kids aren't the only ones who need regular vaccines. There are several shots adults need to stay healthy, but a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds many go unused.
Adults age 19 and up are supposed to get the TDap vaccine, which protects against whooping cough, tetanus and diphtheria, yet only 13% were vaccinated in 2011.
Thirty percent of adult women were given the HPV vaccine, an increase from the year before, but experts were hoping the numbers would be higher.
Vaccines that protect against pneumonia and shingles are also available and recommended for some adults, yet many do not receive them.
CDC experts say you should talk to your doctor about the vaccines you may need, because the recommendations change based on your age and healthy history.
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