Get the Tdap shot to protect against tetanus, diphtheria (“dif-THEER-ee-ah”), and whooping cough (pertussis). Everyone needs to get the Tdap shot once. Learn about the Tdap shot.
After you get a Tdap shot, get a Td shot every 10 years to keep you protected against tetanus and diphtheria. Learn about Td shots.
Ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist about other shots you may need to stay healthy.
Section #2 The Basics: Health Benefits
Why do I need to get these shots?
Shots help protect you from diseases that can be serious – and sometimes deadly. Many of these diseases are common, but vaccines can prevent them.
Even if you have always gotten your shots on schedule, you still need to get some shots as an older adult. This is because:
Older adults are more likely to get certain diseases.
Older adults are at higher risk for serious complications from diseases.
The protection from some shots can wear off over time.
Getting your shots also protects other people.
When you get shots, you don’t just protect yourself – you also protect others. This is especially important if you spend time around anyone with a long-term health problem or a weakened immune system (the system in the body that fights infections).