Preventive medicine

Vaccines for Senior Citizens

It is highly recommended that the individual seeks immunizationIndividuals over 65 years of age might find it surprising that in order maintain good health; the need arises to deal once again with vaccination.

Regarding specific illnesses such as the yearly flu, elders have a bigger chance of this transforming itself in a more complicated scenario.

Hospitalizations due to do flu symptoms for senior citizens are not at all uncommon and in occasion might even lead to death. In order to avoid such extreme situations, yearly vaccinations against the flu are highly recommended.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) adults 65 years or older comprise 90 percent of deaths that occur each year from complications related to influenza and pneumonia.

Approximately 63 percent of the 200,000 hospitalizations from influenza-related causes involve people age 65 and older. (www.cdc.gov).

There are 3 main vaccines that are recommended for the elderly population: flu (influenza), pneumonia, and shingles.

NOTE: Influenza vaccines are made every year as a new batch of disease causing virus strains appear. It is necessary for elderly individuals to seek immunization on a yearly basis.

It is highly recommended that the individual seeks immunizationAlso, it is of prime importance for senior citizens to bring themselves up-to-date in regards to the standard vaccines such as tetanus, hepatitis A and B, chicken pox, among others.

In the case that these have not being administered, it is highly recommended that the individual seeks immunization as soon as possible.

Finally, it is important to get a “booster” in the case that many years have passed.

Fundamentally, vaccines need to be seeing by individuals not only as a way to eradicate numerous diseases, but mainly as a way to live long and healthy lives.

At Clinica Medica Virgen de Guadalupe, all the necessary vaccines are available to provide preventative care for individuals of all ages.

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