August is National Immunization Awareness Month. 1 We all remember getting shots or holding our children’s hands as they got their immunizations. Our youth were protected from debilitating diseases like smallpox, polio and now even chicken pox. But did you know that these shots do not protect forever? Here are a few steps to make sure you are protected.
Am I Too Old for Immunizations?
The answer is no, you are not too old for vaccinations. Seniors who had immunization shots in their younger years may not be entirely protected. The first step is to talk with your senior care doctor to see which immunizations you need. Your doctor can check your medical records to make sure that you are on schedule.
Which Vaccines Could I Need?
it is recommended that all adults over the age of 19 receive a Tdap dose, which protects against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis. This is very important for people in contact with young children so you will also be protecting your precious grandchildren. You will need a Tdap booster every 10 years.
Keeping up to date with your vaccines is very important, especially for seniors and young children. The flu may seem like just another unpleasant sickness but to the elderly, it could be fatal. Please protect your loved ones and help spread the word about National Immunization Month!