Staying current on vaccines is a simple way to help your elderly loved one stay healthy and avoid many common preventable diseases. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as numerous Ft. Lauderdale home care agencies recommend several vaccines for seniors.
1. Flu Vaccine
Every healthy individual should receive an influenza vaccine annually. A serious flu infection can be deadly for seniors. Speak with your loved one’s doctor about which type of vaccine he or she recommends.
This vaccine protects against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis. A booster is required every ten years throughout life. Pertussis, also known as whopping cough, can be deadly for children under one, and it is important your loved one receive this if he or she will be around young grandchildren.
Shingles is common among seniors and can cause a very painful skin rash. The vaccine can help prevent shingles and lessen the severity if a person does contract the condition.
There are two types of Pneumococcal vaccines that are recommended based on a person’s age and health. Speak with your loved one’s doctor about which ones he or she believes is best. The infection caused by the streptococcus bacteria can lead to conditions such as pneumonia, which can be deadly for seniors and those with other chronic health conditions.
5. Varicella and Hepatitis A and B
The CDC recommends these vaccines for seniors if they did not receive them earlier in life. Your loved one should receive the varicella vaccine if he or she did not have chicken pox as a child. Your loved one should also receive the Heb A and B series if he or she was not vaccinated previously. The Hepatitis vaccines are especially important for those with chronic liver disease or receive regular blood transfusions.
It is important for Ft. Lauderdale home caregivers to check their loved one’s immunization records regularly with a doctor. You can help protect your loved one from many serious illnesses by ensuring they are up to date on vaccinations. You can also help your loved one by hiring Home Care Assistance to look after him or her. Our comprehensive in-home services enable seniors to live independently in the comfort of home while boosting both physical and emotional wellbeing. Call (954) 909-0370 today to learn more about our services and schedule an in-home consultation.