It’s National Immunization Awareness Month, and it is especially important that seniors take note of the important immunizations that could be instrumental in protecting them from certain illnesses that can have a major impact on their health in their later years. When someone hears the word “immunization,” they tend to automatically think of babies and children, as immunizations play such a vital role in the protection and formation of the adolescent immune system.
However, the immune system can also become weaker and more vulnerable with age, and certain illnesses can become much harder to fight off over time. Because of this, it is essential that seniors are aware of the immunizations that are recommended for them based upon age their age and health, and are on top of remaining up-to-date on their immunization schedules. “We team up with a health care provider to offer free flu shots annually at our community to all of our residents,” states Shannon Boudreaux, Executive Director at The Suites At Sugar Mill Point in Houma, LA. “Over 60 percent of seasonal flu-related hospitalizations occur in people aged 65 years and older, and we know it is so important to the health of our senior population that we want to make getting this vital vaccine as convenient and accessible as possible for them.”
The vaccinations that are typically recommended to seniors for optimal health include the following:
-Shingles (Herpes Zoster)
-Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
-Pneumococcal Disease (Pneumonia)
If you’re interested in learning more about the specific vaccinations you might need, clock here to receive personalized vaccine recommendations based upon your age, health status, location, and other factors: https://www2.cdc.gov/nip/adultimmsched/