August is National Immunization Awareness Month, an opportunity for people of all ages to make sure they are protected against dangerous and deadly diseases.
While the main focus is generally on babies and school aged children when it comes to vaccines, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wants to remind us that adults need to make sure they are immunized as well.
Many adults may not believe that they need vaccinations, but people aged 65 and older are at a higher risk of complications from preventable diseases.
Vaccinations provide immunity from diseases and can be administered through needle injections, by mouth or by aerosol.
A vaccine will contain the same germs or a part of the germs that cause a certain disease, however the virus is either killed or weakened to the point that it will not make you sick.
Several preventable disease can cause serious illness and even death in unvaccinated seniors.
Vaccinations against the flu, pneumonia and shingles provide protection to not only those who have been immunized against these illness, but to entire communities as well.
There are many reasons as to why seniors should keep up on their vaccinations:
- Some seniors may not have been vaccinated as a child
- New vaccinations that have been developed
- Immunities have expired over time
Unlike medications, vaccines prevents diseases instead of treating or curing them.
Medicare does cover some vaccines and immunizations, but the way Medicare covers them will depend on which vaccines you need.
Getting these vaccines is important when it comes to healthy aging.
Call and speak with your doctor to see if vaccines would be good for your health.
Then, check with your Medicare provider to see about where you can get them.
If you know someone who may not be vaccinated, please share this information with them so they can take the steps needed to better protect themselves.
You can read more about Medicare vaccine coverage here: Medicare.gov
To find out what Vaccines you may need, you can check out this Adult Vaccine Quiz on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website: Adult Vaccine Quiz
Traveling out of the country? Check here to see if you may need additional immunizations: Traveling out of the country
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