The importance of immunization for seniors

The importance of immunization for seniors

Immunization and vaccines are important at all stages of life. For most of us, our first experiences are as children to give our immune system a head start on many of the worst diseases known to humans. However, as we grow we require booster shots to keep our bodies fighting fit.

There are many debates about vaccination but the scientific facts prove that they help save lives and prevent the spread of disease. Not only are you protecting yourself, but in the long run you are also protecting your family and friends every time you are vaccinated against a virus and boost your immune system response.

As we continue to age and hit our 60’s +, we may require more specific vaccines to stay healthy and help us fight invading virus’. The top recommended vaccines for seniors are:

  • Influenza (Flu)
  • Shingles (Herpes Zoster)
  • Diphtheria
  • Tetanus
  • Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
  • Pneumococcal disease (Pneumonia)

Some existing medical conditions or your lifestyle may put you at further risk. Check with your doctor or health care provider to see if you should receive any of the following vaccines:

  • Hepatitis A Vaccine
  • Hepatitis B Vaccine
  • MMR Vaccine
  • Meningitis (Meningococcal) Vaccine
  • Hib (Haemophilius influenzae type b) vaccine

Always check with your doctor or health care provider before getting vaccinated and use this quick reference guide to see if you have any pre-existing conditions to consider before a certain vaccination.

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2018-12-17T16:20:48-08:00