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Immunizations as you age.
Julie Godfrey, RN COS-C
Nursing Clinical Manager
Porter Hills Home Care
Watch the 13 on Your Side Senior Wellness segment on this topic.
August is Immunization Awareness Month.
Vaccines are especially important for older adults. As you get older, your immune system weakens and it can be more difficult to fight off infections. You’re more likely to get diseases like the flu, pneumonia, and shingles, and to have complications that can lead to long-term illness, hospitalization, and even death.
If you have an ongoing health condition like diabetes or heart disease, getting vaccinated is especially important. Vaccines can protect you from serious diseases (and related complications) so you can stay healthy as you age. Getting vaccinated can help keep you, your family, and your community healthy.
Always talk with your doctor about vaccines you may need or need to avoid if you have certain health conditions.
Recommend Vaccine Schedule for Adults
- Influenza: Every fall/winter
- Pneumococcal: There are two types, adults 65 years and older should receive one dose of both types, five years apart
- Shingles/Zoster: One-time dose for adults 60 or over, even if you have already had shingles
- Tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (Td or Tdap): Every 10 years
Other vaccines you may need if you were not vaccinated as a child
- Measles Mumps and Rubella (MMR): Recommended if born in 1957 or later
- Chicken Pox: Recommended if you did not receive as a child
For a complete list of the current recommendations, visit the CDC website.