It’s important for health care workers to stay on top of their vaccines. When you work directly with patients or handle body fluids, you’re more likely to get — and spread — serious diseases. If you’re a doctor, nurse, pharmacist, lab technician, or other health care worker, protect yourself and your patients by getting vaccinated. Which vaccines are recommended for health care workers? You need to be up to date on routine vaccines recommended for your age, like the chickenpox vaccine. You also need to get a flu shot every year — and you may need additional vaccines, like the hepatitis B vaccine. To learn more: Read about recommended vaccines for health care workers . Find out which routine vaccines are recommended for your age (PDF - 148KB).