If you have a chronic health condition, you need these vaccines.   

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all seniors receive the following four vaccines:

  1. The seasonal flu vaccine (all ages, every year)
  2. The pneumococcal vaccine (adults 65 and older, every year)
  3. The shingles vaccine (adults 60 and older, every five years)
  4. A Td booster shot (all ages, every ten years)

These vaccines are especially important for people who have a weakened immune system, or asthma, cardiovascular disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart disease, or lung disease.

In addition to those common situations, older people who have one of the following chronic health conditions may need the following vaccines, as well. Be sure to discuss them with your doctor.

Asplenia

Those without a spleen, or with poor spleen function, may need the following:

  1. The Hib vaccine, which protects against Haemophilus influenzae. This vaccine is required only once.
  2. The Meningococcal vaccine, which protects against meningitis and other diseases of the brain and spinal cord membranes. This vaccine may require periodic boosters
  3. The MMR vaccine, which protects against measles, mumps and rubella. This vaccine is required once, if someone was born after 1956, has never received the vaccine, and does not have immunity.

Diabetes

Diabetics under 60 should receive the Hep B vaccine, since they are at higher risk of hepatitis B than the nondiabetic population. This vaccine is administered in three doses.

Since the effectiveness of the Hep B vaccine decreases in older patients, diabetics over 60 should discuss with their healthcare provider whether to receive this vaccine.

Kidney Disease

Those with kidney failure or kidney disease should receive:

The Hep B vaccine, which prevents Hepatitis B. This vaccine is administered in three doses. Although hepatitis is most commonly associated with the liver, it also affects the kidneys.

Liver Disease

Those with chronic liver disease should receive:

  1. The Hep A vaccine (two doses) and the Hep B vaccine (three doses), since hepatitis affects the liver.
  2. The MMR vaccine, which protects against measles, mumps and rubella. This vaccine is required once, if someone was born after 1956, has never received the vaccine, and does not have immunity.

Despite these health conditions, there may be contraindications to these vaccines. Every senior, and every person with a chronic health condition, should discuss vaccination with their healthcare provider. One conversation is not enough: new vaccines are always being developed, and new guidelines are always being published.

At Atlantic Coast Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, in Lakewood, NJ, we pay close attention to the needs of our residents, including the special needs of patients with chronic conditions.

We take a restorative approach to senior health, maximizing function and mobility in a positive and upbeat atmosphere.

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