vaccines for seniors

It is a common misconception that vaccines are meant for children. There are some very important vaccines that can save the lives of both children and adults. Senior citizens everywhere should become more aware of these vaccines and what they can do to keep you healthy. To give a reality check, around 45,000 adults die each year from diseases that could have been prevented by a vaccination. Here are 5 vaccines that every senior citizen should have in order to stay in good health!

Influenza Vaccine –Influenza is a potentially serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. The influenza infection affects people differently. Millions of people get the flu every year, hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized and thousands of people die from flu-related causes every year. The best way to prevent the flu is through an annual influenza vaccination. For people over the age of 65, there’s a high-dose influenza vaccine available for added protection. Here is everything you need to know about the influenza vaccine.

Pneumococcal Vaccine –The pneumococcal vaccine prevents against pneumonia which is caused by the pneumococcus bacteria. There are more than 80 different types of pneumococcus bacteria – of which 23 are covered by the vaccine. The vaccine is injected into the body to stimulate the normal immune system to produce antibodies that are directed against pneumococcus bacteria. Adults ages of 65 years and older as well as children under two years old with heart or lung dysfunction should receive this vaccine.

Tdap Vaccine –The Tdap vaccine is the triple threat of vaccines. It is a combination booster that treats against, tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis – otherwise known as whooping cough. Although tetanus and diphtheria are very rare in the United States today, whooping cough is still an issue and continues to spread. Tdap helps to protect infants who are too young to be vaccinated against whooping cough and could catch the disease from adults around them. Parents, siblings, and grandparents are often the source of whooping cough in infants. The CDC gives every piece of info needed to know on the Tdap vaccine.

Herpes Zoster Vaccine –The herpes zoster, also known as Zostavax or Shingrix, protects against shingles, which is a painful rash that can develop on one side of the body, the face, or the torso. The herpes zoster is FDA approved for people over the age of 50 and it is recommended by the CDC that healthy adults over the age of 50 get two Shingrix vaccinations 2 to 6 months apart. This vaccine provides solid protection against shingles and PHN, which is a condition similar to shingles that can occur after the fact. Shingrix is the recommended vaccine over the outdated Zostavax.

MMR Vaccine –The MMR vaccine stands for measles, mumps, and rubella. The vaccine treats all three of these conditions. It is recommended that all adults born after the year 1956 receive this vaccine. If you have already gotten the MMR vaccine, you are in the clear! It only needs to be done once. As far as who specifically should receive the vaccine goes, international travelers, healthcare personnel, and women of childbearing age should all have received the MMR.