IMPORTANT VACCINES FOR SENIORS
August is Immunization Awareness Month
Some seniors may need one or more vaccines, even if they received them as a younger adult. Immunity to some diseases can wear off over time so they are at an increased risk of various illnesses.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends the following vaccines for seniors to prevent:
Influenza (Flu) –
All adults need a seasonal flu vaccine every year. More than 60 percent of seasonal flu-related hospitalizations occur in people 65 years of age and older. The CDC has established that the flu and pneumonia combined rank seventh on the list of leading causes of death among seniors 65 and older.
Shingles (Herpes Zoster) –
The shingles vaccine can reduce the chances of getting shingles, a painful skin rash caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. About half of the estimated 1 million Americans who get shingles every year are 60 and older. Therefore, the CDC recommends the vaccine for everyone 60 and older.
Diphtheria and Tetanus –
Even though rare in the U.S. today, both diphtheria and tetanus are very serious diseases caused by bacteria. Diphtheria spreads from person to person easily through secretions from coughing or sneezing. Tetanus-causing bacteria enter the body through cuts, scratches or wounds. Adults should get a Td (tetanus, diphtheria) booster shot every 10 years.
Pertussis (Whooping Cough) –
Because pertussis may feel like a regular cold at first, some people may not know they have it and then pass it on to someone in their family. Adult pertussis immunity wears off, putting infants at increased risk. Seniors receive a Tdap vaccine booster to protect against pertussis.
Pneumococcal disease (Pneumonia) –
Pneumococcal vaccines protect against pneumococcal disease, including infections in the lungs and bloodstream.The best way to prevent pneumococcal disease is by getting vaccinated.
We realize how important immunizations are so we can help you by
- Assisting them before, during and after the vaccination appointment
- Providing transportation to and from the appointment
- Providing companionship
- Reminding them to follow post-visit care plans provided by their doctor