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The Top Vaccines for Seniors & Older Adults

By Ilse du Bernard, 8:00 am on

People older than 60 tend to have immune systems that are more vulnerable to pathogens, and as a result, they often become ill more quickly and severely than their younger counterparts. As a leading North Houston home care provider, we encourage seniors to attend regular doctors appointments and get the vaccinations recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Making sure to receive the following key vaccines can help seniors stay healthy and avoid complications from common illnesses.

  1. Flu Vaccine – Older people who contract the flu can become seriously ill, and it is important for them to get a flu vaccine before the outbreaks start in the fall and winter. Of all the flu deaths that occur yearly, 90 percent of the victims are older than 65. The vaccine that is being administered this year has a normal strength that is intended for use among the majority of the population, and a higher-dose variation that provides extra protection for older adults. Both vaccines cover three different strains of the virus.
  2. Pneumococcal Vaccine – Seniors are recommended to receive a pneumococcal vaccine in order to protect them from a severe virus that can cause pneumonia, septicemia and meningitis. Two different types of the vaccine are available and each injection provides protection from two separate strains. Medical professionals are now recommending that older adults receive both vaccinations.
  3. Zoster Vaccine – Older adults are encouraged to receive the zoster vaccine, which helps protect them from shingles. The disease occurs in individuals who were exposed to the chicken pox virus, or herpes zoster, as children. The virus remains dormant for decades in the body and can reappear as shingles.
  4. Tdap Vaccine – The CDC is now recommending that seniors receive the Tdap vaccine that provides protection for tetanus, diptheria and pertussis. The debate still stands whether or not older adults need the pertussis (also known as whooping cough) portion, so some seniors will be given the option to receive the Td vaccine that covers only tetanus and diptheria.

Vaccinations are an important part of preventative senior care and can go a long way in protecting a senior’s health and quality of life. If your aging parent or loved one needs help getting to and from doctor’s appointments, managing medications at home or completing daily activities, live-in or hourly home care in North Houston could be a beneficial service.

Home Care Assistance of North Houston is a trusted senior home care provider that offers flexible care plans and highly trained caregivers who assist seniors with daily tasks to help ensure safety, comfort and independence. Request free information or a complimentary, no-obligation consultation today by calling 832-412-1345 and speak with a friendly and experienced Care Manager.