Immunizations aren’t just for young children. People of all ages need to stay current on their immunization schedule to ensure protection from communicable diseases and illness. A vaccine helps provide immunity from certain diseases and while some were immunized as children, many of these vaccines lose their potency and do not protect people for their entire lives. Getting proper immunizations needs to be part of your senior care health plan. Click To Tweet
Immunizations for Prevention
Family members need to make sure their loved ones stay on the proper vaccine schedule. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), adults over 65 need the following five immunizations to ensure the health of themselves and those around them (like grandchildren).
Studies show that 60 percent of flu-related hospitalizations are people over the age of 65. The flu shot is available from September through April each year and should be administered annually. Seniors are typically given a vaccine specifically designed for them with a higher dose to offer more protection.
Seniors are more likely to contract pneumonia and according to the CDC, it is responsible for over 60,000 senior deaths each year. There are two pneumococcal vaccines available, so make sure to talk to your healthcare provider to discuss which is the best to protect your loved one from pneumonia.
Shingles are common among people over the age of 65 and can be very painful. Everyone over the age of 60 should be vaccinated. Shingles, or herpes zoster, causes problems like painful rashes, fever, hearing loss and vision problems. The zoster vaccine can decreasethe risk of shingles by 50 percent and also minimize its severity. Before getting this vaccine, make sure to speak with your loved one’s care provider.
Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis are usually given in a single shot, known as Tdap. Getting a Tdap booster shot every ten years is recommended for people of all ages, or after exposure to a virus which causes tetanus.
If an older adult never had the chickenpox vaccine as a child, it is recommended they go through a two-dose preventative shot. If your loved one deals with immune deficiency issues, cancer or are on prescriptions that inhibit immune function, make sure to consult your care provider first.
Keeping Your Loved One Healthy
Getting proper immunizations is another way to keep your loved senior healthy. Whether they live in an assisted living center or receiving home care services, these vaccines play a crucial role in preventing life-threatening diseases and infections.
When to Ask for Help
It takes a lot of time and commitment to keep your senior loved one healthy and happy. The trips to the doctors, senior social functions, and other trips can be cumbersome when juggling your own work and family. Consider a memory care center to help assist your loved one in a safe and stimulating environment. Always consult your doctor or care provider before getting your loved one their immunizations.
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