Why Seniors Need Immunizations, Too

By : on : August 14, 2018 comments : (Comments Off on Why Seniors Need Immunizations, Too)

When most people think of immunizations, they think of children.

The truth is that senior citizens can also greatly benefit from getting vaccinated to help prevent the risk of illness from infectious diseases. Because their immune systems may not be as robust as younger adults, seniors can be especially susceptible to complications from diseases that could have been prevented with immunizations.

Health screenings are an important part of monitoring your health as you age – especially for senior citizens with a health history of injuries, illnesses and limited mobility. ProHealth’s in-home care allows physicians and nurse practitioners to perform vaccinations from the comfort of the patient’s home.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends every adult get a seasonal flu (influenza) shot on an annual basis. This shot is particularly important for seniors and those with chronic health conditions. In fact, death rates from pneumonia and influenza together are 130 times higher in adults age 85 and older, according to the Alliance for Aging Research.

This short video gives an overview of how vaccines work, highlights the need for vaccination later in life, and address the influential role of older adults in increasing the immunity of their families and social circles.

The CDC also encourages everyone to get a Tdap vaccine if they did not get one as an adolescent to help prevent pertussis (whooping cough). Additionally, a Td (tetanus, diphtheria) booster should be received every 10 years.

Because the risk of shingles increases as we age, adults over 50 are encouraged to get a shingles vaccine. Doctors also suggest those older than 65 years of age get pneumococcal (pneumonia) vaccines, which protect against lung and bloodstream infections.

To learn more about ProHealth’s in-home physician care, call us today at 877-511-9739 or contact us online.

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