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Vaccines for Seniors Considered High-Risk

There are several vaccines that are recommended to seniors to keep them healthy and reduce their risks of unnecessary illness. The commonly recommended vaccines are chickenpox, diphtheria, flu, pneumococcal, shingles, tetanus, and pertussis. However, doctors may recommend other vaccines to seniors who have high-risk medical conditions or lifestyles. Home Care Assistance, a premier home care provider in Westfield shares information about high-risk vaccines and why they’re necessary.

Who is Considered a High-Risk Senior?

Seniors that have histories of conditions such as liver disease, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, lung disease (including asthma), renal disease, HIV, or a weakened immune system may need additional vaccines. It is best for seniors to talk with their doctor to determine which vaccines are most beneficial. Vaccines that may be recommended for higher risk seniors include:

  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Meningitis
  • MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)

Why These Vaccines May be Needed

Hepatitis A and B may be recommended if a senior has a history of blood clotting disorders, liver conditions, STDs, been exposed to the blood of others, or injected drugs or shared needles or equipment with others.

The Meningitis vaccine may be recommended for a number of health conditions, including the senior has had their spleen removed. The Meningitis vaccine, in addition to the MMR vaccine, may also be recommended if the senior has been exposed or traveled to countries where outbreaks of measles, mumps, or rubella, are common.

Determining the Risk of Senior Loved One

Even if there are no obvious health concerns that put your loved one in the high risk category, it is best to determine necessary vaccinations by scheduling an appointment with his or her physician. If you are unable to accompany your loved one to a medical appointment, consider a professional part-time caregiver who could provide reliable transportation and accompaniment, and make sure your loved one gets the care he or she needs.

For more information about senior health, call 908.450.9400 and speak to an experienced Care Manager from Home Care Assistance of Westfield.