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Vaccines Aren't Only for Kids! Senior Immunizations

By Meghana Giridhar
August 4

It is a myth that once you are immunized as a child, you are protected for life. Immune systems get weak with age and the effect of vaccines could wear off for seniors. Senior health conditions are the main factor for additional vaccinations. An estimated 45,000 adults die annually from complications due to vaccine-preventable diseases. To avoid being struck by serious diseases, it is important to be aware of vaccines recommended for seniors. The 4 most important vaccines for adults older than 65 include: •    Influenza (Flu): The annual flu vaccine is especially important for seniors with heart disease or diabetes. It is typically recommended to be given in September and April. Doctors need to be informed of allergies to eggs, latex or Guillain-Barre syndrome before taking the vaccine. •    Pneumococcal disease (Pneumonia): Pneumonia causes around 60,000 deaths a year. The one-time pneumococcal vaccine protects against infections in the lungs and blood. •    Shingles (Herpes Zoster): Shingles ae painful, contagious rashes. This vaccine is recommended for seniors 60 years and older and can reduce the severity by almost 50%. •    Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis (Whooping cough) (Tdap): This must be taken if you are less than 64 years of age as a replacement to one of the series of tetanus vaccines.  Only the tetanus-diphtheria vaccine needs to be taken by seniors over 65 years of age. Other important vaccinations include: •    Chickenpox •    Hepatitis A •    Hepatitis B •    MMR •    Meningitis August in National Immunization Month. Empower yourself by understanding the vaccines that are right for you to enable you to prevent disease and maintain a healthy active lifestyle. References: Meghana Giridhar serves as Content Manager and is part of eCareDiary's founding team.  In her role, she oversees and edits content across all of eCareDiary's media platforms.

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