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Delmar Nursing and Rehabilitation is proud to announce National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM).

National Immunization Awareness Month, which takes place every August, is meant “to raise awareness about the important role vaccines play in preventing serious, sometimes deadly, diseases across the lifespan.”1

Importance of Immunization

You’d think we wouldn’t need a month to raise awareness for something that can save you from diseases and death. But many adults have their hesitations.

The truth is that vaccines are not just for kids. Although people tend to focus more on children, they protect you from getting diseases and from spreading them too.

Vaccines are especially important for many elderly who are more vulnerable then their younger counterparts, says the National Publication Information Coalition (NPHIC). But even if you’re in good health no one is immune. So whatever your age and health, speak to your doctor about immunization.

Seniors and Immunization

Although immunization isn’t age-dependent, certain vaccines are recommended for different ages.

According to the NPHIC the following vaccinations are applicable for seniors and adults in general:

  • Influenza or flu vaccine – Adults ages 65 and up are at a greater risk of flu complications, especially if they also have heart disease, asthma or diabetes.
  • Tdap vaccine – Tdap is an acronym for tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis. If you got this as a teenager then you should just get a tetanus and diphtheria (Td) every ten years. If you didn’t get this as a teen, get the Tdap as an adult.
  • Shingles vaccine – This one is mainly for adults 50 and up.
  • Pneumococcal vaccines – Adults 65 and up and adults with certain conditions should take these.
  • Additional vaccines – Additional vaccines for adults, including HPV, hepatitis A and hepatitis B, may also be called for, depending on a number of factors.

While immunization doesn’t come with a guarantee and you still need to take care of yourself, taking vaccinations seriously can go a long way towards you and your loved one’s health.

So which vaccines will you be getting this year?

What’s your opinion on vaccination?

Please share in the comments below.

 


Disclaimer, or Use At Your Own Risk

Delmar Nursing and Rehabilitation does not take any responsibility for this post’s content. Any action you take based on its information is strictly at your own risk. You should always speak to your doctor regarding medical information and your health.


1 http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/events/niam.html

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