What Vaccines Do Seniors Need?

As you grow older, the likelihood of developing diseases like the flu or shingles increases immensely. Due to weakened immune systems, seniors are at greater risk of falling ill from a number of diseases. For this reason, it is important to stay on top of your vaccination record so that you are always well-protected. 

The following vaccines are most important for seniors:

  • COVID-19 Vaccine
  • Pneumonia Vaccine (Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine and Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine)
  • Shingles Vaccine
  • Tetanus with a Combined Pertussis Booster (Tdap Vaccine)
  • Hepatitis B Vaccine
  • Flu Vaccine (High Dose Flu Vaccine and Adjuvanted Flu Vaccine)

Frequently Asked Questions:

What are the most recommended vaccines for seniors?

The most recommended vaccines for seniors include flu, pneumonia, shingles, and Tdap or Td (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis).

How often should seniors get the flu vaccine?

The flu vaccine is recommended annually for seniors due to the virus's changing nature.

Are there any age-specific recommendations for vaccines in seniors?

Yes, for instance, the shingles vaccine is recommended for adults 50 years and older, while the pneumococcal vaccines are typically recommended for those 65 and older.

For more information on vaccines for seniors, be sure to check out some of our previous posts. Contact Senior Strong today!

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William Rivers is an editor with a master’s degree in Human Services Counseling at Maine State University. He has more than 20 years of experience working in the senior healthcare industry.
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