Your immune system fights germs to help you stay healthy. Both children and adults are immunized or vaccinated to help their immune systems fight off disease. When you get a vaccine, you get a very small dose of a bacteria, like measles or the flu, and the body builds up resistance to these bacteria in case you get infected later in life.
- Immunization (MedlinePlus)
- Get Shots to Protect Your Health (for Adults) (Healthfinder.gov) [Easy-to-Read]
- Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccination: What Everyone Should Know (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention)
- Immunizations (healthychildren.org)
- Immunization Schedules (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention)
- Protect Yourself with Vaccination (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention)
- Screening Checklist for Contraindications to Vaccines for Adults (Immunization Action Coalition)
- Vaccine Information (Immunization Action Coalition)
- Vaccines: Who and When (Vaccines.gov)
- Vaccines & Immunizations (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- What are some of the myths – and facts – about vaccinations? (World Health Organization)
- What is a Vaccine? (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease)
Mobile apps and tools can provide you with easy-to-use information and resources that can serve as one part of your overall strategy to become and stay healthy. For tips on selecting additional apps for exercise and physical activity, please review this tipsheet.
This app includes the latest CDC Vaccination guidelines for children (birth to 18), including a catch-up schedule and adults. Free. iOS, Android.
This app provides parents of teens and young adults with a mobile, interactive resource for managing teen health. It includes includes guided health information, supportive tips, and conversation starters to help parents answer tough questions and prepare their teens and young adults to take ownership of their health. Free. iOS, Android.
CDC’s TravWell app helps you plan for safe and healthy international travel. Build a trip to get destination-specific vaccine recommendations, a checklist of what you need to do to prepare for travel, and a customizable healthy travel packing list. The app also lets you store travel documents, keep a record of your medications and immunizations, and set reminders to get vaccine booster doses or take medicines while you’re traveling. Free. iOS, Android.
This app provides information about immunizations from the Vaccine Education Center. Free. iOS, Android.
Resources selected by Sarah Towner Wright, Health Sciences Library, UNC-Chapel Hill,
Last reviewed February 5, 2019