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Senior Vaccinations: Are You Current with Your Vaccination Schedule?

Posted by David Ghiorso, CPA, February 8, 2016

Children typically receive the necessary vaccines early in life, but did you know that there are certain shots that need boosters later in life? It is important to stay current with these vaccinations, even if you are senior, because staying current with the shots will give you the peace of mind to know that you can prevent common diseases.

Which Diseases Can Be Prevented with Adult Vaccinations?

It is important that you talk with your doctor and discuss your vaccination history to determine if vaccinations are needed for your individual situation. These are some of the shots that might be recommended:

  • Shingles
  • Diphtheria
  • Pneumonia
  • Whopping Cough
  • Tetanus

Make sure that these vaccinations are used on the right schedule, to ensure that you have the right protection that is needed to help you avoid the disease.

Immunizations for Travel

Do you enjoy traveling in your retirement? There are certain immunizations that might be recommended, depending on your travel itinerary. Once you have chosen your destination, you can look online or talk with your local health department to learn about recommended immunizations.

It is important that you start this process several months before your vacation, because certain types of immunizations need to be administered several weeks apart. You will need to identify the immunizations that will be necessary for your destination, and the put together a plan to ensure that you are getting the shots at the right time.

Do You Need an Annual Flu Shot?

Another recommendation that is often suggested for seniors is to get an annual flu shot. You can talk with your doctor to see if a flu shot is recommended for you. Keep in mind that a new flu is needed on an annual basis, because the flu changes from year to the next. So, staying up-to-date with your flu shot means that you will be able to avoid the newest strain of the flu each year.

Whether you are getting your annual flu shot or you need to get caught up on vaccinations, it is important that you have good health insurance to help with the payment. Contact our experienced team to learn more about insurance coverage options, and we will help you find the right plan for your individual needs.

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