Vaccintions for Seniors

Vaccines are not just something that you have to get for your children, but they are also very important for Seniors.  The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has three different vaccines that they recommend Seniors should have done.  If you do not have one of these, then I suggest you plan accordingly.

1. Influenza Vaccine: The flu is not as dangerous for young people as it is for the elderly. Since the flu virus is able to change rapidly, do not assume that last year’s shot is going to protect you this flu season.  Everyone over 6 months of age should get the vaccination, according to the CDC. They also mention that it is extremely important for individuals over fifty to get the vaccination.

2. Shingles Vaccine: Shingles comes from the same virus which causes children to get chickenpox.  The symptom is a painful skin rash.  The CDC recommends that anyone over the age of 60 should be vaccinated.  Unlike the influenza vaccine, this one last a lifetime and reduces the likelihood of becoming infected by over 50%.

3. Pneumococcal Vaccine: Just like with Shingles, this vaccine lasts a lifetime.  If you have not already gotten it and are over the age of 65, then it is strongly recommended that you get this taken care of as soon as possible.  Pneumococcus is the bacterium that causes pneumonia.

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