Shots can prevent serious diseases like the flu, measles, and pneumonia. It’s important to know which shots you need and when to get them.

Petty Officer 3rd class Tiffany Long administers the influenza vaccination to Chief Petty Officer Romeo Mortel aboard the USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) on Oct. 28, 2004. The immunizations are provided to all active-duty personnel to prevent the spread of the flu and maintain service members’ health. Long serves as a hospital corpsman and is from San Diego, Calif. Mortel is assigned as a personnel man and is from Batangas, Philippines. DoD photo by Airman Joseph R Schmitt, U.S. Navy. (Released)

Everyone age 6 months and older needs to get a flu vaccine every year. Many other shots work best when they are given at certain ages.

Talk to your doctor or nurse to make sure that everyone in your family gets the shots they need. To learn more, visit the CDC.

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