Seniors, Take A Moment... For Vaccines

February 5, 2010
by Patti Neighmond
National Public Radio


Nonetheless, it seems many older Americans just aren't aware how important some vaccines can be. Federal health officials recommend at least three immunizations for those over 65:shingles, flu and pneumonia. Shingles and pneumonia are one-time shots. Flu vaccines are recommended yearly.

new report finds that more than 30 percent of older adults weren't immunized against pneumonia in 2008. And only about one-third were immunized against the flu. The findings were released by the Trust for America's Health, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.



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