Vaccinations in Older Adults

Megan Burke*, Theresa Rowe

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Vaccines are important for preventing infections in adults aged ≥65 years. Older adults are at increased risk for complications from vaccine-preventable illnesses due to age-associated changes in immune function and chronic medical comorbidities. Vaccination rates for older adults remain low despite widely accepted practice guidelines. Recommended vaccinations for older adults include (1) influenza; (2) pneumococcal; (3) herpes zoster; (4) tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis; and (5) hepatitis B. Cost influences vaccination rates in older adults.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)131-143
Number of pages13
JournalClinics in Geriatric Medicine
Volume34
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2018

Keywords

  • Herpes zoster
  • Immune senescence
  • Immunizations
  • Influenza
  • Older adults
  • Pneumococcal
  • Vaccinations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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