Did you know that your elderly loved one is more likely to die from the flu or pneumonia than they are to die in a car accident?
Flu and pneumonia combined rank seventh on the list of leading causes of death among seniors 65 and older, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
The good news: decreasing your loved one's chances of contracting these—and other—preventable diseases is as simple as getting a shot (or two) in the arm. These vaccines may be necessary even if they were received as a child or in younger adulthood.
The CDC recommends the following vaccines for the elderly (Click to view most recent CDC Adult immunization recommendations):
It's important to check with your loved one's healthcare provider or pharmacist to make sure they are up-to-date on all of their suggested vaccinations. In the state of Florida, and several other states, a immunization certified pharmacist may be able to administer any of these vaccines, at a local pharmacy.