Adult immunizations; Vital at every age
Whether you're young or older, shots are never fun. But doctors say they're vital - at every age.
65-year-old Cindy Moreno is meeting with her doctor to make sure she's up-to-date on her immunizations.
Dr. Fred Campbell: “as adults age, it's more likely that they will suffer some of the life-threatening infections such as influenza and phenomena.”
During our golden years – Dr. Fred Campbell with Ut Health San Antonio says 65 is the golden age for updating your shots...especially for those with poor immune systems.
At the top of the list: the influenza vaccine.
Dr. Fred Campbell: “influenza vaccine will save tens of thousands of Americans not to mention worldwide.”
He says it's not always 100% effective -- but it's pretty close. Also, important -- the pneumonia vaccine.
Dr. Fred Campbell: it can reduce the incidents of pneumonia in general and specifically pneumococcal pneumonia.
He says the tetanus vaccine is one you get when you're younger but it doesn't last longer than 10 years...you should get it again when you're older.
The shingles vaccine is another one, too.
Cindy Moreno: “Luckily, I have a very good physician that keeps me on my toes!
Cindy's up-to-date and dodged the needle today.”
But, as a nurse herself, who works with sick people every day she says you have to stay on top of your health -- for your sake and other people's, too.
Cindy Moreno: “call your physician talk to the nurse and ask the nurse to look at your records and see what you need.”
For Sinclair Cares, I'm Delaine Mathieu.
If you have a loved one living in a senior care facility – make sure they’re staying on top of those shots. Doctors say many diseases can be easily spread in a group setting.
For more information about adult immunizations, go to cdc.gov.