The Elderly

IMMUNISATIONS FOR BETTER SENIOR AND ELDERLY HEALTH

IMMUNISATIONS FOR BETTER SENIOR AND ELDERLY HEALTH

As we get older, our immune systems tend to weaken over time, putting us at higher risk of infectious diseases. When older adults get infected, they can have more severe illnesses than younger people.

Vaccines can help to reduce the risk of getting vaccine-preventable diseases. Even if you were vaccinated at a younger age, the immunity from those vaccines can fade over time. The virus or bacteria that the vaccine protects against may also change in a way that makes your immune response no longer adequate.1

As we get older, our immune systems tend to weaken over time, putting us at higher risk of infectious diseases. When older adults get infected, they can have more severe illnesses than younger people.

Vaccines can help to reduce the risk of getting vaccine-preventable diseases. Even if you were vaccinated at a younger age, the immunity from those vaccines can fade over time. The virus or bacteria that the vaccine protects against may also change in a way that makes your immune response no longer adequate.1



Recommended Vaccines for the Elderly

90% of flu-related deaths and more than half of flu-related hospitalizations occur in people age 65 and older.2


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Pneumococcal disease can lead to serious infections of the lungs, blood and covering of the brain. The CDC recommends that people 65 years of age and older get 1 dose of pneumococcal vaccine.3


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References
  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. What Vaccines are Recommended for You. Adults 60 years or older. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/adults/rec-vac/. Last accessed 1 July 2016.
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC Health Information for International Travel, 2016. Influenza. Available at http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/yellowbook/2016/infectious-diseases-related-to-travel/influenza. Last accessed 1 July 2016.
  3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. VACCINE INFORMATION STATEMENT. Pneumococcal Polyscaccharide Vaccine. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/vis-statements/ppv.pdf. Last accessed 1 July 2016.
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