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Immunization Awareness for Older Adults

August is Immunization Awareness Month. Immunizations are important for people of all ages, especially seniors. As we age, it is often more difficult to fight off illnesses due to a weakened immune system. According to statistics, those 65 and older are at an increased risk of experiencing complications from certain diseases, many of which can be prevented with immunizations. We have listed a few vaccinations that every senior should have. You should always speak to your treating physician for guidance when considering which vaccines to take.

1. Shingles

The CDC recommends that adults age 50 and older receive two doses of the Shingles vaccine, Shingrix. Shingles is an infection that causes painful, blistering rashes on the body. It typically affects older adults and people who have a weakened immune system.

2. Pneumococcal Vaccine

Adults age 65 and older are encouraged to get the pneumococcal vaccine. There are two different vaccines and they protect against 15-20 types of pneumococcal bacteria that cause serious infections in adults.

3. Influenza (Flu) Vaccine

According to the CDC, those 65 and older are at greater risk of developing severe complications from the flu, than young, healthy adults. There are three different types of flu vaccines available for seniors, age 65 and older.

In addition to immunizations, it is also important to maintain a healthy lifestyle which includes a healthy diet and exercise. Always consult with your doctor regarding which vaccines are needed for you.


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