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Seniors And Vaccinations: Take This Quiz To Find Out What To Get

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What vaccines do you need? Take this personalized quiz from the CDC to find out.

What vaccines do you need? Take this personalized quiz from the CDC to find out.

As you get older, it’s important to continue getting your vaccines in order to stay healthy and strong.

In the United States, most children receive their vaccinations, but the same does not hold true for adults. Millions of American adults skip recommended vaccinations, which leads to tens of thousands of preventable deaths and illnesses. In fact, about 50,000 U.S. adults die every year from vaccine-preventable diseases such as the flu, hepatitis B and pneumococcal disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

What Vaccines Do You Need? Find Out Here.

Talk to your health care provider to find out what vaccines you should receive and when. In the meantime you can learn more about the vaccines you need by using this Adult Immunization Vaccine Finder to receive personalized vaccine recommendations based on your age, health status, location and other factors.

You can also review the Adult Immunization Schedule  to see which vaccines you may need.

Some vaccines are needed to not only protect you, but also those around you. For example, it’s recommended that adults be immunized against pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, according to the American Public Health Association (APHA). While pertussis in adults can seem like little more than a bad cold, it can be very dangerous if passed along to an infant who is not fully immunized against the illness.

Some other adult vaccines you should know about, reports the APHA, are:

• Flu vaccine: Adults should receive a flu shot each year to protect themselves and those around them from the flu, which can be especially risky for adults ages 65 and older, pregnant women and people already living with serious health conditions.

 Shingles vaccine: The shingles vaccine is recommended for people ages 60 years old and older. Shingles, which can be very painful, is an outbreak of rash or blisters on the skin and is caused by the chickenpox virus.

• Tdap vaccine: The Tdap vaccine protects against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis. If you are around infants, it’s especially important to receive this vaccine.

• Pneumococcal vaccine: Pneumococcal disease can cause three major conditions — pneumonia, bacteremia and meningitis — and is a leading cause of serious illness among children and adults worldwide. It’s an important vaccine for at-risk older adults.

  • HPV vaccine:The HPV vaccine protects against strains of the human papillomavirus that can cause cervical and anal cancer.

 

For more information, visit: Staying health, preventing disease: Vaccine for adults

Vaccines.gov/Senior schedule

 

 


Over-The-Counter Devices Hold Their Own Against Costly Hearing Aids

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Kaiser Health News: Over-The-Counter Devices Hold Their Own Against Costly Hearing Aids 
Hearing aids that can cost more than $2,000 apiece are only slightly more effective than some over-the-counter sound-amplification devices that sell for just a few hundred dollars, according to a recent study. The study bolsters legislation pending in Congress, which would have the Food and Drug Administration set regulations for cheaper over-the-counter products and is designed to make the devices more widely accessible and safer. (Andrews, 7/25)


Poor Home Health, Doctor Communication Drives Readmissions

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A recent study confirms what home health care agencies know all too well: gaps in communication between physicians and home health care providers are detrimental to seniors’ health and lead to hospital readmissions. Many areas of care are disrupted by communication challenges, including disparities in medication lists, lack of clarity in who is responsible for writing patient […] Read Full Article


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