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Stay Active! Senior Living Is Stronger With Immunizations

Active Senior living includes time with family

Some seniors and older adults think that immunizations are just for kids, but if you want to keep up your active senior living you’ll also want to keep your immunizations up to date. As seniors of the greatest generation and the baby boomers, you grew up in an era when people feared smallpox and polio. Vaccines saved many lives, and they still do. Although we’re not too concerned about smallpox anymore, taking vaccines today can still prevent life threatening illness to yourself and your loved ones. Check with your doctor to see if they recommend any vaccines for you.

If you don’t feel like you want to get immunizations for yourself, do it for your family and friends, especially our youngest family members. Seniors are in the highest risk group to have a strong reaction when contracting influenza, but also on that list are the very young, pregnant women, and people with long-term health conditions. Cuddling youngsters is one of life’s joys, and we wouldn’t want to unwittingly pass on the flu virus. Although your symptoms may not make you physically uncomfortable, a child with an immune system that hasn’t had time to develop will most likely have a different experience.

The main immunizations recommended for seniors over 60 are:

Influenza (The “Flu Shot”): updated annually
Shingles (Herpes Zoster): update recommendations vary – check with your doctor. There are multiple versions of the vaccine with different recommendations.
Tdap (Tetanus, Diptheria, Pertussis): tetanus needs to be updated every 10 years
Pneumococcal disease (Pneumonia): two different vaccines, taken one year apart

(These recommendations are taken from the CDC, and your doctor may have different recommendations based on your age and specific health conditions.)

Visiting family and friends, volunteer work in the community, exercise classes – however you define active senior living – getting your vaccines helps you have fewer sick days. Contact your doctor to see if your immunizations are up-to-date!

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