One of the most important ways that seniors can stay healthy is to make sure they are vaccinated against common, preventable diseases.
Over 60 percent of seasonal flu-related hospitalizations occur in people 65 years and older.
Research shows that a number of older adults aren’t getting the vaccines they need to help reduce their risk of serious illnesses.
With age, we become much more susceptible to serious illnesses and infections due to a weakened immune system. Many of these diseases 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.
For example, respiratory diseases, such as pneumonia and influenza, are the eighth leading cause of death among the older population. Seniors with chronic diseases are more likely to suffer complications. Diabetics, for example, are three times more likely to die from a bout with the flu than a healthy adult. The risk of getting either of these can be reduced with vaccinations.
Vaccines represent the best form of risk reduction for some diseases, and can help make symptoms less severe for those who do come down with the respective illness. Immunizations can make a significant difference in a senior’s physical wellbeing. Seniors should discuss their immunization needs with their healthcare team to ensure that they are up-to-date on their vaccinations.
Commonly recommended vaccinations:
- Influenza vaccine
- Shingles vaccine
- Tdap vaccine
- Pneumococcal vaccine
- Hepatitis B
Comfort Keepers® Can Help
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. In addition, caregivers can also work to promote a healthy lifestyle by supporting physician-recommended diet and exercise plans, as well as medication reminders. Contact your local Comfort Keepers office today to learn more.
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People. “What to Know About the New Shingles Vaccine – And Why You Should Get It ASAP if You’re Over 50.” Web. 2018.
National Council on Aging. “NCOA Blog: Healthy Living – Healthy Aging in Winter and Beyond: 4 Important Vaccines for Seniors Covered by Medicare.” Web. 2017.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Vaccine Information for Adults.” Web. 2018.
WebMD. “What to know if you have Diabetes and the Flu.” Web. 2019