All talk may be about COVID-19 vaccines now, but you need to get these other vaccines, too.
When you hear the word vaccine these days, it’s likely you automatically think about the ground-breaking COVID-19 vaccines being rolled out across the country and around the world. And while it’s important to get as many people vaccinated against COVID-19 as quickly as possible, it’s also important to remember that there are other vaccines that keep us safe from illnesses that existed before the novel coronavirus.
It’s recommended that you get one of the COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the U.S. (Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson) when you are eligible, unless your doctor suggests otherwise. And when the time is right, this infographic provides a guide of the most common vaccinations recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
It is best to speak with your doctor about which vaccinations are right for you and when you should receive them, especially if you have a chronic medical condition. Keep in mind that although it’s important to stay up to date on all vaccines, the CDC is currently recommending that you do not get any other vaccines within 2 weeks (before or after) of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.
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Date Last Reviewed: March 1, 2021
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