Which Vaccines Should People Over 50 Get?

Vaccines are most commonly associated with the regular checkups of children; however, in recent weeks, the emergence of the COVID-19 vaccine has young adults, the middle-aged, and seniors experiencing a new interest in vaccines.Senior Getting Vaccine

Throughout our lives, we must receive vaccines in order to protect against infections that have the potential to cause a significant level of complications. While important for all age groups, it is especially important to those that are 50 years of age, or older. This is because the immune system naturally starts to weaken as we age.

If you or someone you love is 50 or older, continue reading to learn about the most important vaccines for the health.

The Flu Shot

The influenza vaccine – usually called “the flu shot” – is one of the most important vaccines for older adults. According to statistics, most of those that have to be hospitalized or pass away as a result of complications associated with the flu are older adults and seniors.

This vaccine aids in the creation of a stronger leveled immune-based response that allows the body to fight the virus that causes the flu more effectively than if it was not received. For those 65 and older, the Fluzone High-Dose vaccine and the FLAUD vaccine are found to be more effective.

The Shingles Vaccine

According to the Centers for Disease Control, all individuals that are 50 and over should get two separate doses of the shingles vaccine called “Shingrix”. In the past, the Zostavax vaccine was given for shingles. Even if this has been taken, it is still recommended that everyone of the appropriate age get the two-dose Shingrix vaccine.

The risk associated with contracting shingles increases significantly as we age. Other factors that may increase the risk include a previous chicken pox infection and problems with the immune system.

The Pneumococcal Vaccine

Pneumococcus is a type of bacteria that is directly responsible for the development of bacterial-based meningitis and a blood infection that is called “bacteremia”. It also has a direct impact on the development of pneumonia.

There are two vaccines that offer protection against this bacterium. The first is the PCV13 and the second is the PPSV23. In most instances, PCV13 is provided first and a year later, the PPSV23 is provided.

For most, these vaccines should start at the age of 65; however, for adults that have certain underlying health conditions or immune system problems, this should be taken prior to the age of 65.

The COVID-19 Vaccine

While the COVID-19 vaccine is relatively new and it is only still becoming increasingly available throughout the United States, it is advised that older adults receive this vaccination as soon as it is available to them.

According to current statistics, 40% of all the deaths that has occurred throughout the nation occurred in older adults. This is because the elderly has a lower immune response and they often have underlying health conditions that result in the coronavirus causing more complications, that may lead to death.

If one is over 50 and resides in a residential care facility, this risk increases and the vaccine should be taken to protect the health of the patient and those around them.

Unique Needs

Individuals over the age of 50 have many needs. When determining which vaccines should be administered, the person’s unique needs should be assessed, as well as their past reactions to vaccinations.

These vaccines help to prevent the onset of serious infections that could result in severe health problems, disability, and even death. Individuals over 50 should consult with their primary care provider to determine which vaccines are right for them.

If you have a loved one over the age of 50 and are seeking information, tools, resources, or even looking into residential care facilities, you may contact our Certified Senior Advisor here at Beacon Senior Advisors for more assistance by calling: 973-713-0096

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