Life-threatening problems such as measles and mumps were once common and spread quickly from person to person. Vaccines build up your natural defense (immunity) against certain diseases. But the germs that cause them still exist. Staying up-to-date with your vaccines is the best way to protect yourself — and others — against preventable diseases.
Aurora primary care providers recommend the vaccines that are best for you based on nationally recognized care guidelines. Following these guidelines means you are receiving shots identified by leading experts as the best ways to prevent serious illness.
All adults should receive:
Adults between 19 to 26 years old should also receive:
Vaccines for pregnant women
Women who are pregnant should also receive the whooping cough (pertussis) vaccine. This vaccine builds immunity that gets passed on to your baby, protecting against potentially life-threatening complications of whooping cough.
Adults age 50 and older should also receive:
Adults age 65 and older should also receive:
Health care professionals with regular patient contact face a higher risk for certain disease and should receive:
If you travel internationally, you may need vaccines to protect you against diseases that are common in other countries, such as yellow fever in certain parts of Africa. For the best results, you may need to get the vaccines up to six weeks before you leave home.
The vaccines that are best for you depend on your destination and the length of your stay. To find out which vaccines you might need and to learn other valuable health and safety information about your destination, schedule an appointment for a personal travel counseling session an International Travelers' Clinic near you. You can also see which vaccines are recommended for your destination at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Traveler’s Health website.
The vaccines that are best for you depend on your age and other factors, such as:
Our systemwide electronic health record makes it easy to keep track of vaccines you receive from any Aurora provider. This information also helps primary care providers make recommendations when new vaccines are available or you are due for a booster. This additional shot “boosts” your ability to fight off certain diseases over time.
Aurora Health Care primary care providers help adults of all ages live well with preventive services, such as vaccines, that lower your risk of getting sick in the first place. We make it easy and convenient to get the vaccines you need so you can keep pace with your busy lifestyle.
Highlights of vaccines at Aurora include: