The discussion on the importance of vaccines has taken the spotlight recently after the measles outbreak proved to the anti-vaxxing community that their benefits far outweigh the risks. However, most of the talk on vaccinations have children at the core. What many might not know is that adults need vaccines, too, and that it’s not too late to get yourself protected.

Vaccinations are as important for adults as it is for the kids, yet many are not properly vaccinated. There are several reasons why adults still need to get immunized. One, you may no longer be protected from the immunizations you had as a child. Two, by protecting yourself, you also protect the other people in your family, especially the younger ones. Three, there are illnesses that recur every year and, thus, require constant protection. Finally, there are new vaccines that may not have been available to you in the past.

Adult Vaccine
Vaccinations are as important for adults as it is for the kids, yet many are not properly vaccinated. Pictured: A woman receives an H1N1 vaccination as she sits in her car during a drive thru H1N1 vaccination clinic at Doctor's Medical Center November 5, 2009 Getty Images/Justin Sullivan

Here are five adult vaccines that you should consider having now.

1. Flu vaccine

Everybody needs to get a flu vaccine every year, especially before the late fall, when the flu season typically begins. The CDC recommends that those aged 65 years and up should have a higher dose to obtain additional protection.

2. Shingles vaccine

Shingles is a good example of a vaccine that is just for adults. Also known as zoster or herpes zoster, it caused by the chickenpox virus that has been reactivated. The risk becomes greater with age and this immunization is recommended for individuals aged 60 years and up.

3. Tetanus boosters

The tetanus and diphtheria vaccine (TD) is recommended to be given every 10 years. It helps guard against bacteria that cause painful muscle contractors in the body. If you have a dirty or severe wound, you will need a tetanus vaccine. Women also need it every pregnancy.

4. Pneumococcal vaccine

PCV is recommended for people aged 65 years and up, as well as those who are smokers and have chronic medical conditions such as COPD, asthma, diabetes and heart illnesses. This vaccine shields against meningitis, pneumonia and other similar infections that may lead to hospitalization and even death.

5. Hepatitis vaccine

Hepatitis is recommended for all ages, especially for adults who are travelling to a foreign country. Make the appointment to get it done four to six weeks before you leave, so you have ample time to build up an immunity.