February 27, 2018

Immunizations for Seniors

As you age, the immune system weakens making it more difficult to fight off infections, which is why vaccines are especially important for seniors. Seniors are more likely to get diseases like pneumonia, shingles and the flu and more likely to have complications which can lead to long-term illness or death.

Getting vaccinated can help to keep you, your family and others around you healthy. Below we have listed out some of the important vaccines for seniors to get. To see a full list of immunizations recommended by the CDC, click here.

  • Influenza: The flu in seniors can be extremely harmful and can even result in death.  Getting a flu shot each year is important to prevent from catching the flu. Talk to your doctor about which vaccine is right for you.
  • TDAP: TDAP protects against Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis in adults. Vaccines for seniors are recommended every 10 years. Pertussis which is also known as whooping cough can be harmful to infants so by receiving this vaccine you are protecting you and your family from this illness.
  • Chicken Pox & Shingles: If you have never had or only had the first dose as a child, now is the time to get vaccinated. Shingles commonly occurs in those over 50 years old and can lead to serious complications. Talk to your doctor to make sure you are getting the proper protection against chicken pox and shingles.
  • Pneumococcal: Pneumonia can lead to serious complications and is responsible for many senior deaths. If you had the vaccine as a child, still talk to your doctor to see if you need another one time shot.
  • Other Vaccinations: Some seniors who suffer from other medical conditions may be more susceptible to other illnesses. Talk to your doctor to find out what other vaccinations are recommended for you.

These are just some of the recommended vaccinations for seniors. As always talk to your doctor about the recommended vaccines for you.

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