Immunization is no longer for babies and small children. Many infectious diseases can now be avoided using vaccines for adults. Our natural immunity fades over time—especially in the elderly, who are more susceptible to infections like the flu and pneumococcal disease.

There's a host of vaccines available for adults today, but which one should you be asking about? The US Centers of Disease Control and Prevention have come up with specific recommendations. Learn about them via the gallery below.

(First published as "Vaccine for Adults" in the "Good Health" section of Good Housekeeping Philippines' Jan-Feb 2009 issue. Adapted for use in Female Network. Photo by VCU CNS via Flickr Creative Commons.)

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