eWellness: Vaccination for elderly


Dr KK Aggarwal    02 February 2018

The best gift to your grandparents is to get them vaccinated if they have not been vaccinated earlier.

  1. Annual influenza or flu vaccine is recommended for all persons aged 6 months and older.
  2. Pneumonia vaccine should be given to all adults aged 65 years and older.
  3. Tetanus Toxoid should be given to all irrespective of age after every 10 years.
  4. A single dose of herpes zoster vaccine is recommended for adults aged 60 years and older regardless whether they have had a previous episode of herpes zoster. The vaccination begins at 60 years of age.
  5. Hepatitis B vaccine should be given to all if they have not been vaccinated earlier.
  6. All diabetics aged 60 years or older should be vaccinated for hepatitis B. This recommendation is based on increased need for associated blood glucose monitoring in long term care facilities.
  7. All patients with chronic liver diseases should also be given the Hepatitis B vaccine.

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