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Immunization For The Elderly – What Is needed For Your Loved Ones To Be Protected?

Sep 7, 2017 by Kelly Lindell

Home healthcare professionals can help seniors get to the doctor and ask the right questions about immunizations

It is essential to have your senior loved ones vaccinated before winter weather appears.  It is paramount to choose the right vaccines for your senior loved ones, as it is a crucial part of the home healthcare. This way you can ensure that they are properly protected, so they can live long and healthy lives. Following are some of the vaccination options available for seniors.

Diphtheria – Tetanus – Pertussis

Protecting people from Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis can be done by administering DTP vaccine. It is a general recommendation, by physicians that your senior loved ones be inoculated by DTP vaccine every 10 years and thus provides a better outlook on home healthcare for themselves and other people around them as this vaccine protects seniors’ grandkids against the whooping cough (Pertussis).

Varicella & Herpes Zoster

Chickenpox and shingles vaccine should be administered as it can protect seniors for these diseases successfully. This immunization is usually done to younger children, however, there is a specific vaccine that can safeguard seniors from chickenpox and shingles, a type of painful rash that usually occurs with individuals who are over 50 years old. There is no unified method of inoculation for these two illnesses, as they are caused by two completely different types of bacteria, so separate vaccinations should be done for each of them.

Influenza

Flu immunization is an important part of home healthcare as this seasonal disease does not bypass senior loved ones and with its varying severity can sometimes cause death. It is important that your senior loved ones receive a yearly flu shot, thus avoiding this disease. 

Pneumonia

Inflammation of the lungs or pneumonia is a disease manifested with congestion of lungs with pus and fluid and is very dangerous, often even fatal with elderly patients.

Even if your senior loved ones have been inoculated against pneumonia as children, they are still eligible for additional immunization, however there are some other steps needed like quitting smoking, exercising and generally leading a healthy lifestyle.

Other Vaccines

Each individual senior has different medical history, so there needs to be careful elaboration and consultation with senior’s physician. Vaccines that are optional include ones against Mumps, Measles, Meningitis, and Hepatitis A and B.

Immunization and inoculation can prevent a wide variety of diseases and it can lead to stronger immune system and easier home healthcare for your loved ones.

 

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