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Vaccines…Not Just for Children

Aug 01, 2018 08:30AM ● Published by Jason Huddle

Vaccines…Not Just for Children

Did you know older adults need vaccinations from at least three separate diseases beginning at age 50?

As people age, their ability to fight infections decreases. Some vaccinations are available at your local pharmacy, without having to visit the doctor.  Here are just a few:

• Pneumonia Vaccines: According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the pneumococcal disease kills approximately 16,000 adults age 65 and older each year, and can impact the lungs, bloodstream and brain.  

According to Ashley Wilhelm, a pharmacist at Cannon Pharmacy, there are two important pneumonia vaccines known as Prevnar (PCV13) and Pneumovax (PPSV23). It is recommended that all adults 65 years and older receive both vaccines to be adequately protected.

• Shingles Vaccine: A new vaccination, Shingrix, is touted by the CDC as being more than 90 percent effective in preventing shingles for adults 50 and over. Wilhelm states most of her patients know someone who has been affected by the shingles virus.

“The nerve damage caused by the virus can last a lifetime, and this can decrease a person’s quality of life tremendously,” Wilhelm says.

• Flu Vaccines: There are flu vaccines designed for those who are 65 and over that give better protection against the flu (cdc.gov). Flu vaccinations are recommended to be administered each year. The CDC states people may begin receiving flu vaccines for flu season as soon as they are available, which is typically in early August.

If you have any questions about these particular vaccines, including general information, side effects or your qualification to receive these vaccines under your insurance plan, talk with your healthcare provider or a pharmacist. Those vaccines listed here can be given by your pharmacist without a prescription, and a majority of them are covered by insurance.

By Amanda Buck and Ashley Wilhelm

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