This article provided by Comfort Keepers, an independent caregiving provider in the Masonic Value Network
Research shows that a number of older adults aren’t getting the vaccines they need to help reduce their risk of serious illnesses. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2017 report showed that 43% of older adults (age 65 and older) aren’t up to date on their tetanus shots. Some seniors may feel that they are already covered, by way of past immunizations, or that they needn’t worry since they haven’t had the flu or other illnesses in years. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple.
With age, we become much more susceptible to serious illnesses and infections (due to a weakened immune system), and they can strike seemingly out of nowhere – even for the healthiest of people. Influenza or pneumonia can take their toll on younger adults, but the setback is often temporary. For seniors, the complications that arise from these illnesses can be life-threatening and lead to hospitalization or death.
Are all vaccines 100% effective? While they may not be guaranteed protection, vaccines represent the best form of risk reduction, and can help make symptoms less severe for those who do come down with the respective illness. Immunizations can make a fairly significant difference in a senior’s physical wellbeing. Below are recommend vaccinations seniors should consider, upon thorough discussion with their physician.
Maintaining senior health and wellbeing is a priority for the team at Comfort Keepers®. Our caregivers can assist in providing seniors with transportation to and from the doctor’s office or clinics to receive their vaccinations, or to talk with their physician about which vaccines are most appropriate. Our caregivers can also work to promote a safe and healthy lifestyle, inside and outside the home. Contact your local Comfort Keepers office today to learn more by calling (888) 778-9619.
The CDC estimates that over 70% of seasonal flu-related hospitalizations are for those 65 years of age and older.
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National Council on Aging. “NCOA Blog: Healthy Living – Healthy Aging in Winter and Beyond: 4 Important Vaccines for Seniors Covered by Medicare” by Healthy Aging Team. Web. 2017.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Vaccine Information for Adults.” Web. 2018.
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