Vaccines

Vaccines protect against serious and potentially fatal infections–and they aren't just for children. There are a wide variety of vaccines that can help you stay healthy in your 20s, 30, 40s, and beyond. Vaccines can help your immune system to stay primed to fight off germs as you age and can even prevent some types of cancer.

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10 Vaccinations You Might Need If You’re Going on a Big Trip

Traveling abroad? The vaccinations you need will depend on where you're going and how long you're staying.

12 Myths and Facts About Vaccines

Once hailed as lifesaving wonders of modern technology, vaccines are now more likely to be a source of suspicion and angry playground debate. But to sort out fact from fiction, Health.com took a look at the scientific research to date on vaccines.

7 Things You Need to Know About Vaccines

Want major vaccination myths debunked? Watch the video above for science-backed truths about how vaccinations keep you—and others—healthy.

3 Vaccines That Could Save Your Life

These three vaccines could save your life. Read on to see if they're a must for you.

Thousands of People Were Exposed to Mumps at a Cheerleading Competition. What Is Mumps?

Health officials sent a letter to all participants, warning them to watch for symptoms of the highly contagious virus.

More on Vaccines

8 Ways to Make Shots Easier for Kids

Vaccines save lives, but let's face it: Kids don't like shots. Here are some surprisingly simple things that can make vaccines easier for kids.

8 Reasons to Delay Vaccines for Kids

Vaccines are one of the best ways to ensure your child stays healthy. But there are a few scenarios that merit delaying or even skipping a vaccination. Discuss with your doctor whether these are relevant to your child.

What a Measles Outbreak Means for Kids Who Can't Get Vaccinated

My daughter can't be vaccinated because she's still too weak from her chemotherapy cancer treatment. Children like her rely on herd immunity for protection. Here's how society is letting my family down when they do not vaccinate their children, and why a measles outbreak in my community is absolutely terrifying.