Aug 14, 2017 by Marlin Duncan
It’s August, and that means it is National Immunization Awareness Month in Hazleton, PA. This month seniors should make getting their immunizations updated a top priority. By obtaining the right vaccinations, older adults can significantly reduce their risk of developing serious diseases and live healthier, happier lives as a result. What vaccinations do seniors need? Consider the following types of immunizations that can benefit most senior adults.
Has your senior loved one gotten a flu shot yet for this year? Unfortunately, the flu is not uncommon among the older population. It can bring senior citizens a great deal of discomfort, a slow recovery period, and in some serious cases, death. This holds true because aging leads to a weaker immune system that makes it difficult to fight of illnesses like the flu. The good news is that a yearly flu shot can help older adults avoid this disease. Every senior should have a flu shot every year. In home care services can help seniors manage their vaccination schedule and schedule doctor appointments to get the vaccinations they need.
Diphtheria & Tetanus
In order to protect themselves from Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis, senior citizens should get the TDAP vaccine. Doctors recommend that older adults get this vaccination every 10 years to ensure that they do not develop any of these diseases. The TDAP vaccine can also protect them against Pertussis or the whooping cough, which can be hazardous to a senior’s young grandchildren. Seniors who spend time with children should make sure that they are current on the TDAP vaccine. In home care services can help seniors manage their medical records and remind them which vaccines they need to get updated.
Chickenpox & Shingles
Shingles is becoming a healthcare crisis for older adults. If an older adult has never been vaccinated for chicken pox, now is the perfect time for them to do so. There is a certain vaccine that can actually protect seniors from chickenpox and shingles, a painful rash that often arises in individuals who are age 50 or older. The pain from shingles can continue long after the blisters are gone so seniors should try to avoid getting shingles by staying current on their vaccinations. It’s important to note that even though chickenpox and shingles arise from the same bacteria, two separate vaccines are necessary to protect against both diseases. Even if your loved one has been vaccinated before if it’s been five years or more since they were vaccinated they need to be vaccinated again.
Pneumonia is an infection that causes the air sacs in the lungs to fill up with fluid or pus and make it difficult for an individual to breathe in enough oxygen to reach their bloodstream. Sadly, pneumonia is the cause of many senior deaths.
If a senior citizen had a pneumonia shot as a child, they are likely still eligible for another one. It should be noted that while the pneumonia vaccine may protect seniors from pneumonia, preventing this condition by quitting smoking and practicing healthy lifestyle habits is essential. Pneumonia often hits seniors in cold climates like Hazleton very hard. Updating this vaccination now before winter hits is a smart way to stay healthy this winter.
Since every senior adult has a different medical background, older adults should take the time to sit down with their doctor and determine which other vaccinations make sense for them. A doctor may recommend a vaccine for Mumps, Measles, Meningitis, and Hepatitis A and B. If your senior loved one has trouble driving to the doctor or scheduling appointments with their doctor, in home care services can help them arrange transportation and manage their vaccination records.
Updating their vaccines is the most effective way for senior citizens to prevent developing and spreading a wide variety of diseases. Most preventative vaccines are covered by insurance, making them an affordable way for older adults to live a higher quality of life.
If you have a senior loved one in Hazleton, PA who needs some help managing their vaccines or getting to the doctor to get their vaccinations updated contact us or call us today. Our dedicated in home caregivers can help arrange transportation, assist with personal care tasks, light house keeping and much more. Talk with a home care specialist today to find out more.