2017 Vaccine Recommendations for All Adults / Seniors
- Flu - The 2017 flu vaccine will protect against three different flu viruses: H1N1, H3N2 and influenza B and is recommended for all adults. The flu can hit seniors (65 and over) particularly hard. The illness can turn into pneumonia or cause other medical problems.
- TDAP - The combined Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis (Tdap) vaccines is recommended for all adults. LA County has experienced a whooping cough epidemic in the past few months.
- Shingles - The vaccine is recommended for all patients 60 and over (can start as early as 50). Shingles is caused by a reactivation of the virus behind chickenpox and given that most baby boomers were exposed to chickenpox during their youth, shingles poses a risk to roughly 90% of adults. As people age and their immune systems become more easily compromised, the chickenpox virus, which is known as varicella-zoster, can reactivate, causing the painful skin rash.
- Pneumovax 23 - Recommended for all patients 65 and over to protect against pneumonia.
- Prevnar 13 - The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) as of August 2014 now recommends that all patients 65 and older get this vaccine to protect against pneumococcal bacteria that can cause pneumonia and other infections, even if they had previously been vaccinated with Pneumovax.
Medicare covers both the Pneumovax 23 and Prevnar 13 and most HMO’s and PPO’s are also covering these vaccinations.
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