Adult ImmunizationsWhat Vaccines Do You Need?
Approximately 42,000 adults die each year from vaccine preventable diseases (Healthy People 2020). Vaccines are an important part of staying healthy. Many adults feel that they do not need vaccinations or worry about side effects from the vaccine. However, people age 65 and older are at higher risk of complications from the actual diseases. Those who are most vulnerable are those older adults who have chronic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease or asthma. It is especially important for these individuals to keep up with their vaccinations to avoid complications that come with getting the flu or pneumonia. Most persons, 65 years or older, should receive the following:
- Annual influenza vaccination (flu)
- T-dap vaccination, if not vaccinated with this vaccine previously, followed by tetanus and diphtheria booster every 10 years
- One herpes zoster (shingles) at age 60 years or older
- Two pneumococcal vaccines (pneumonia). These two vaccines cannot be given at the same time. It is important to talk to your doctor or healthcare professional to schedule both vaccines at the right time.
|Recommended Immunizations for Adults (19 Years and Older) by Age and Medical Condition||Vaccine Information||2015 Recommended Immunizations for Adults||CDC|
|Add a Tooltip Text||Vaccine Information||Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Vaccine Information for Older Adults||CDC|
|Senior schedule for vaccines, provided by Vaccines.gov||Vaccine Information||Vaccines.gov – Vaccine Schedules||Vaccines.gov|
|Learn more about this benefit available to many with Medicare Part D drug insurance||Vaccine Information||Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services – Immunizations||CMS|
|Immunization Information for Seniors||Immunization Info for Better Health||Sanofi Pasteur Vaccine Information||Sanofi Pasteur, Inc|
|Vaccine Information||Flu.gov site for Vaccine Information||Flu.gov - Vaccine Information||Department of Health and Human Services|
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