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Attention Older Adults!
Vaccines Are Not Just for Kids!
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
recommends that older adults get the following vaccines:
Shingles vaccine
One shot reduces the risk of shingles and long-term
pain after shingles in adults 60 years old and older.
• Nearly 1 million Americans get shingles every year
and about half of them are 60 years old and older.
Pneumococcal vaccine
One shot reduces the risk of pneumococcal disease.
• Pneumococcal disease is one of the most common
causes of vaccine-preventable death in the U.S. and
is particularly dangerous for older adults.
Influenza (flu) vaccine
Get the flu vaccine every year to avoid getting the flu
and spreading it to loved ones.
•Every year in the U.S., an average of 24,000 people
die from the flu. Most of these deaths are among
adults 65 years old and older.
Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Tdap) vaccine
One shot of Tdap vaccine reduces the risk of getting
potentially deadly infections and the risk of spreading
some of these infections to others.
•Adults less than 65 years of age should receive a
dose of Tdap vaccine in place of one of their 10-year
tetanus booster shots.
National Center for Immunization & Respiratory Diseases, Immunization
Services Division
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