Take Action: Make a Plan
Talk with a doctor, nurse, or pharmacist about getting up to date on your shots.
Make a plan to get your shots.
Schedule an appointment with your doctor or nurse to get the shots you need. You may also be able to get shots at your local pharmacy.
Use this vaccine clinic locator to find out where you can get shots.
Get a seasonal flu shot every year.
Remember, everyone age 6 months and older needs to get the seasonal flu vaccine every year.
What about cost?
Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, the health care reform law passed in 2010, most private insurance plans must cover recommended shots for adults. Depending on your insurance plan, you may be able to get your shots at no cost to you.
Medicare also covers most recommended shots for older adults, depending on your plan. Use this tool to see what Medicare covers.
If you don’t have insurance, you still may be able to get free shots.
- Call your state health department to find a free or low-cost vaccination program.
- Find a health center near you and ask about affordable vaccine services.
Take Action: Keep a Record
Keep a copy of your vaccination record.
Ask your doctor to print out a record of all the shots you've had. Keep this record in a safe place. You may need it for certain jobs or if you travel outside the United States.
If you aren’t sure which shots you’ve had, try these tips for finding old vaccination records. If you still can’t find a record of your shots, talk with your doctor about getting some shots again.