Immunizations for Young Adults

In addition to seasonal flu (influenza) vaccine and Td or Tdap vaccine (Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis), you should also get:

  • HPV vaccine which protects against the human papillomaviruses that causes most cervical cancers, anal cancer, and genital warts. It is recommended for:
    • women up to age 26 years
    • men up to age 21 years
    • men ages 22-26 who have sex with men
  • For more information on HPV click here.

Some vaccines may be recommended for adults because of particular job or school-related requirements, health conditions, lifestyle or other factors. For example, some states require students entering colleges and universities to be vaccinated against certain diseases like meningitis due to increased risk among college students living in residential housing. New York State is one of the states that does require students to be vaccinated against meningitis.

Under the Affordable Care Act, insurance plans that cover children now allow parents to add or keep children on the health insurance policy until they turn 26 years old.

Talk with your doctor or other healthcare professional to find out which vaccines are recommended for you at your next medical appointment. The Cayuga County Health Department holds a weekly immunization clinic for those in need of a vaccine. If you need an appointment call 315-253-1560.