Immunizations to Get When You Are 50 or Older

If you are approaching the age of 50 or you are already past that point, you should consider getting immunizations that can help you stay healthy. Many people neglect their immunizations and simply do not go in to see the doctor so that they can talk to their doctor about their immunizations. Get to know some of the core immunizations you should get that cater to your current health needs. 

1. Flu Vaccine

Every adult over the age of 50 should get an annual flu vaccine. Older people are more susceptible to having severe symptoms of the flu and will potentially require hospitalization if they get the flu. So, if you have reached the age of 50, get your flu shot every year. The flu shot is generally available in October every year. The sooner you get your vaccination in the flu season, the better. That way, you are protected for as long as possible. 

2. TDAP Vaccine

The TDAP (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccine is an important vaccine to get when you reach the age of 50. Most people have had a TDAP vaccine earlier in life. However, they only last about 10 years before you need a new vaccination. 

As such, when you reach the age of 50, you should talk to your doctor about getting vaccinated again. Tetanus is a major bacterial infection that can be severe enough to lead to death. Diphtheria is another bacterial infection that can be quite severe. It affects the nose and throat. Pertussis is also known as whooping cough and is a difficult respiratory illness to deal with. Because these infections are so serious and can potentially be deadly, you want to be sure you are protected against them. 

3. Shingles Vaccine

Shingles is related to the chickenpox virus. It is the reactivation of this virus in the body. It causes a blistery rash on the body, usually on the trunk (abdomen and/or back). It can be quite painful and uncomfortable. Luckily, there is a vaccine to help prevent someone from developing shingles. Once you reach 50, schedule a vaccination appointment with your doctor. 

Now that you know some of the immunizations you should get, you can be sure to schedule an appointment with your doctor to discuss and get your vaccinations as soon as possible. You can also learn about other vaccines that you should get based on your age by contacting immunization services like Dino Peds.