Vaccinations For The Aging Community

As we age our immune system weakens over time putting us at risk for illnesses we were previously protected against. According to diseases preventable by vaccinations can cause serious illness, hospitalization or even possible death. There are six vaccinations that are recommended by for adults over the age of 65, those are influenza (Flu), Shingles (Herpes Zoster), Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (Whooping Cough), and Pneumococcal disease (Pneumonia).

Not everyone is a candidate for vaccinations so it is important to talk to your Doctor prior to receiving any vaccinations. Inform your doctor if you have had any previous allergic reaction to vaccinations, medications or food.

You may have heard a few myths that are making you hesitant to getting vaccinated. The most common myths are:

• Myth 1: Better hygiene and sanitation will make the diseases disappear – vaccines are not necessary. FALSE!
Fact: It is true that better hygiene and sanitation can decrease the spread of diseases, however without vaccinations the diseases will reappear with time.

• Myth 2: Vaccines have damaging long-term side-effects that are yet unknown. Vaccination can even be fatal. FALSE!
Fact: Vaccines side effects are usually mild, such as a slight fever or soreness in the injected area.

• Myth 3: Influenza is just a nuisance, and the vaccine isn’t very effective. FALSE!
Fact: Influenza is much more than a nuisance. It is a serious illness that kills 300,000-500,000 people worldwide every year.

• Myth 4: It is better to be immunized through disease than through vaccines. FALSE!
Fact: Immunization through vaccination allows the body to recognize and respond to the illness the same way the body would without the vaccination. However you do not experience the complications that may cause long term problems or possible death.

• Myth 5: Vaccines contain mercury which is dangerous. FALSE!!!
Fact: There is no actual mercury in the vaccination, Thiomersal is an organic, mercury-containing compound added to some vaccines as a preservative.

Stay Health. Stay Safe. Stay Vaccinated!

April 21, 2015 in Senior Care

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