Children aren’t the only ones who need shots. For seniors, healthcare providers recommend that older adults receive vaccinations for flu, tetanus, pneumonia, chickenpox, and other diseases. These diseases can be much worse in older adults than in children and may even lead to death. Shots for seniors are safe and typically don’t cause any problems beyond mild soreness or redness at the injection site.

 

Many adults figure that since they had shots as children, they do not need them as an adult. This may be one reason why hundreds of thousands of needless deaths occur each year. However, there are a number of shots for seniors that can help prevent serious diseases and even premature death. Some of these shots (immunizations) that are strongly recommended in older adults include shots for:

  • Flu

  • Pneumonia

  • Chickenpox

  • Shingles

  • Tetanus-diphtheria

  • Hepatitis B

It’s helpful to keep a personal immunization record with the types and dates of shots you’ve received, as well as any side effects or problems that you had. The medical record in your healthcare provider’s office also should be kept up to date.

Widespread use of vaccines can reduce the risk of developing a number of contagious diseases that seriously affect older people. You can protect yourself against these illnesses by including vaccinations as part of your regular healthcare.

 If you are planning to travel abroad, check with your healthcare provider or local health department about the shots that you need. Sometimes, a series of shots is needed, so it’s best to get them well in advance of your trip. For information about specific vaccines required by different countries, general health measures for travelers, and reported outbreaks, call the CDC information line for international travelers at 1-877-394-8747.

Source:  http://senior-health.emedtv.com