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Getting vaccinated is just as important for adults as it is for children. Being prepared can help you get the information you need at your vaccination appointment — and help the process go smoothly.
Below you’ll find information to help you learn what to expect before, during, and after your appointment.
There are steps you can take to be prepared ahead of time so things go more smoothly during the appointment.
It can be helpful to bring your personal vaccination records to your appointment so that your doctor knows which vaccines you’ve already had. If you can’t find a copy of your vaccination records, you can:
Tip: If you know you have questions about the vaccine you’re getting, write them down ahead of time and take them with you to your appointment.
It’s helpful to know what to tell the doctor during your appointment. You can also take steps to stay calm while you get the vaccine.
During your vaccination appointment, your doctor is required to give you a Vaccine Information Statement (VIS) that explains the benefits and risks of a vaccine. If your doctor doesn’t give you one, you can ask for it. Learn more about VISs.
It’s also important to ask your doctor any questions you may have about the vaccine or the vaccination process.
Some people may not be able to get vaccinated — or may need to wait. The day of your appointment, tell your doctor if you:
Tip: Before you leave the doctor's office, check that your doctor added the vaccine to your vaccination records.
If you’re feeling nervous about getting a shot, try these tips to help you stay relaxed:
Most people don’t have any serious side effects from vaccines. The most common side effects are usually mild. They include:
If you have mild side effects, you can take steps to help you feel better. For example:
It’s very unlikely that you will have serious side effects from a vaccine. If you have any symptoms that concern you after you get vaccinated, call your doctor.
To learn more:
Last reviewed: January 2018