Ages 19-39 Years: Immunizations

The following immunizations are recommended for women in this age group:



What and Why




Diphtheria and reduced tetanus toxoids and acellular pertussis vaccine booster (Tdap) or tetanus-diphtheria booster (Td)


A shot to immunize against the diseases tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis


Substitute one-time dose of Tdap for Td booster shot that is given every 10 years


Human papillomavirus vaccine


A series of three shots to immunize against certain types of human papillomavirus


One series if aged 26 years or younger and not previously immunized


Influenza vaccine


A shot to help prevent influenza (the flu)




Measles–mumpsĀ­–rubella vaccine



A shot to immunize against measles, mumps, and rubella


If not previously immunized


Varicella vaccine


A series of two shots to help prevent chickenpox


One series if not previously immunized or never had chickenpox


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