Why Being Vaccinated Keeps Older Adults Healthy

Why Being Vaccinated Keeps Older Adults Healthy

Keeping up with immunizations is an important part of health care, especially for older adults. Immune systems tend to weaken as we age and it becomes harder for our bodies to fight off infection. In fact, adults over the age of 65 comprise over half of the flu-related hospitalizations and 85% of flu-related deaths each year. Vaccinations are proven to reduce hospitalizations, complications, and even deaths related to many common viruses. By being vaccinated, you are keeping yourself, your family, and everyone around you healthier.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended immunizations for older adults include influenza, Tdap, shingles, and pneumococcal vaccines. People with a weakened immune system or chronic conditions like asthma and diabetes may be recommended to receive different vaccines and people with specific health conditions should not be vaccinated at all. Consult with your primary care provider to determine which vaccines are right for you.

Easy-to-Access Online Immunization Registry

It can be tricky to keep track of which immunizations you have received or are due for. Luckily, Wisconsin has an online immunization registry that is free and easy to access. Your doctor or pharmacist will also be able to look this information up for you, or for loved ones who aren’t computer savvy.

Save Money on Vaccines

Medicare Part B covers most common vaccines such as flu and pneumonia shots. However, not all vaccinations are covered by insurance, so inquiring beforehand and shopping around between different pharmacies and clinics can save you money. It only takes a short call to ask how much a certain immunization costs.