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Vaccine for Adults Age 65 and Older

Immunizations for better senior and elderly health

Childhood vaccinations are one of the greatest medical success stories of the 20th century.83 But remember that as you age, you become more at risk for certain diseases and you may need a Tdap booster vaccine for others. Immunization should be a life-long priority.

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Recommended vaccines for seniors 65 years of age and older

Chickenpox Vaccine

Chickenpox (varicella) vaccine

Chickenpox can lead to serious complications and severe disease in adults.83 Seniors who never had chickenpox or received just 1 dose of the chickenpox (varicella) vaccine may need to get vaccinated.85

Read more at cdc.gov
Diphtheria Vaccination

Diphtheria vaccination

Diphtheria is a bacterial infection spread though close contact, sneezing, and coughing. The CDC recommends that all adults, including seniors, get a Td booster for tetanus and diphtheria every 10 years.85

Read more about the Tdap vaccine
Flu Vaccine

Flu (influenza) vaccine

The flu is most deadly among adults 65 years of age and older.59 Getting a flu shot every fall or winter will help protect you and the people around you.85

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Pneumococcal Vaccine

Pneumococcal vaccine

Many deaths from pneumococcal disease in the United States occur among older people.83 The CDC recommends that people 65 years of age and older get 1 dose of pneumococcal vaccine, which helps protects against pneumonia.86

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Shingles Vaccine

Shingles (zoster) vaccine

Shingles is a painful skin rash, often with blisters that may cause pain even after they've healed. It's most common among people 50 years of age and over and those with weakened immune systems.83 If you're 60 years of age or older, you should get this vaccine.85

Read more at cdc.gov
Tetanus Vaccination

Tetanus vaccination

Many seniors aren't protected against tetanus.83 All adults, seniors included, should get a Td booster for tetanus and diphtheria every 10 years.85

Read more about the Tdap vaccine
Pertussis Vaccination

Whooping cough (pertussis) vaccination

Researchers have found that, when the source can be identified, up to 83% of babies get this dangerous disease from family members, and nearly 92% of pertussis deaths occur in infants who are too young to be vaccinated.53,25 This is why seniors who have close contact with infants should receive a Tdap vaccine booster.87

Read more about the Tdap vaccine

Vaccines for seniors at higher risk

Some seniors have medical conditions or lifestyles that put them at higher risk for certain diseases. Check with your health care provider to see if you should receive any of the following vaccines.

Hepatitis A Vaccine

Hepatitis A vaccine

Hep A usually occurs in developing countries, but it can also occur in the United States as a result of unsanitary food preparation.83 Seniors with specific risk factors should get vaccinated, including those with blood clotting disorders and chronic liver disease.86

Read more at cdc.gov
Hepatitis B Vaccine

Hepatitis B vaccine

Hep B is a serious liver disease that can lead to liver cancer and even death.83 There are several factors that could put you at higher-risk for Hep B.85 Check with your health care provider to find out if any of these factors apply to you.

Read more about the hepatitis B vaccine
MMR Vaccine

MMR vaccine

Check with your health care professional to see if you are at a greater risk of getting measles, mumps, or rubella. You may need the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine.

Read more at cdc.gov
Meningitis Vaccine

Meningitis vaccine

Meningitis can lead to permanent brain damage, limb amputations, and other severe complications.83 You may need to receive the meningitis (meningococcal) vaccine depending on any health conditions you may have, or if you visit countries where meningitis is common.86

Read more at cdc.gov