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Essential Vaccination Information for Most Older Adults

Posted by on Feb 12, 2014 in Flu, pneumonia, Shingles, Tetanus/Diphtheria, Vaccinations | 0 comments

Some factors that affect your health are outside of your control. However, many important risk factors are within your power to change. This includes getting shots, called vaccinations, that help protect you from certain illnesses. Vaccines are some of the safest medicines around. Although all medicines, including vaccines, pose the rare chance of serious side effects, for most people, the risks from the diseases are far greater than the risks from the vaccines. Contact Us to learn for more information and if your vaccinations are up-to-date! The American Geriatrics Society Foundation for Health in Aging recommends the following Vaccination Information for Most Older Adults.   Flu Shot WHAT IT DOES Protects against annual influenza viruses.   WHO NEEDS IT The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend the flu shot for everyone six months of age and older. While everyone should get a flu vaccine, the CDC notes that it is especially important for the following people to get flu shots because they are at high risk for having serious flu-related complications: anyone who is 65 years of age or older; nursing home residents; and people with serious health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, asthma, lung disease or HIV. Caregivers for older adults should also get vaccinated to avoid spreading the flu. WHO SHOULD NOT GET IT People who are allergic to eggs, have had allergic reactions to flu shots in the past, or have been diagnosed with Guillian-Barre Syndrome.   WHEN TO GET IT Because new strains of the flu develop constantly, the flu vaccine must be given yearly. You should get your flu shot as soon as it becomes available in community, usually in the late summer or early fall.   Pneumococcal Shot WHAT IT DOES Protects against pneumococcal bacteria, which can cause pneumonia and blood and brain infections. WHO NEEDS IT Anyone 65 years or older who has not previously received the vaccine. WHEN TO GET IT Only once, unless you had the shot before turning 65 (in that case you’ll need a “booster” shot after 5 years).   Tetanus/Diphtheria Shot WHAT IT DOES Protects against two potentially deadly bacterial infections. A second, and different, form of the vaccine (Tdap) protects against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (the adult whooping cough). WHO NEEDS IT Everyone. It is now recommended to get a one-time dose of the “Tdap” version (the adult whooping cough vaccine) if you are 65 or older and have contact with an infant, or simply want to be protected from whooping cough. WHEN TO GET IT Once every 10 years.   Shingles (Herpes Zoster) Shot WHAT IT DOES Protects against the development of shingles—outbreaks of sometimes intensely painful rashes or blisters on the skin—reducing the risk by 51%. Protects against the development of chronic pain from shingles (also called postherpetic neuralgia), reducing the risk by 66%. WHO NEEDS IT The CDC recommends this vaccine for adults 60 years of age and older. WHO SHOULD NOT GET IT People who have active tuberculosis or problems with their immune system, such as leukemia, lymphoma, other malignant diseases involving the bone marrow or lymph system, or HIV infection, as well as those taking drugs that suppress the immune system. WHEN TO GET IT One time after the age of 60 years...

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