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6 Vaccines Every Senior Should Get

By Jennifer Thompson, 9:00 am on

While most people are aware of the importance of vaccinations for children, many of us do not realize that they are equally critical for senior wellbeing. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend the following six vaccines to help your senior loved one maintain optimal health. 

1. Influenza

The seasonal flu vaccine is a simple way for Nashville in-home caregivers to protect their loved ones from the flu, which can be deadly for seniors. This is especially true for those that may have compromised immune systems or suffer from other chronic respiratory condition such as asthma, bronchitis, or COPD. 

2. Tetanus/Diptheria/Pertussis (Td/Tdap)

The CDC recommends a Tdap booster every ten years for seniors. This vaccine is especially important if you or your senior loved one will be around young babies under the age of one. 

3. Shingles

Shingles causes a painful skin rash and is very common in seniors. The shingles vaccine can lower your loved one’s chances of contracting this condition, reduce the severity and duration of the infection, and help decrease long-term pain. 

4. Pneumococcal

The CDC recommends one dose of PCV13 and one dose of PPSV23 depending on your loved one’s age and health history. This vaccine protects against a bacterial infection that can cause several illnesses such as ear infection and meningitis. Some of these can be life threatening. 

5. Varicella

The varicella vaccine is recommended for any senior who did not get chickenpox as a child. A chickenpox infection can cause serious complications for adults and seniors because their immune systems are not as strong as their younger counterparts. 

6. Hepatitis (Heb A and B)

Hepatitis A and B vaccines are also recommended for seniors who did not receive these earlier in life. Hepatitis causes inflammation of the liver, which can cause significant damage to the body. These vaccines are especially important for those with chronic liver conditions, spend time around infected individuals, or who receive regular blood transfusions.

Ensuring your senior loved one is up to date on his or her vaccines is a simple way to help him or her stay healthy. Talk to your loved one’s doctor about what immunizations he or she recommends and reach out to Home Care Assistance of Nashville for help looking after your loved one. Our dedicated caregivers work tirelessly to help our clients maintain physical wellbeing by offering medication reminders, transportation to and from medical appointments, nutritious meal preparation, and more. Contact us at (615) 656-4999 today to learn more and set up a no-obligation consultation.