Our Best Shot: The importance of vaccines for older adults

It’s the time of year when many people fight off various illnesses, some of which can be prevented.  Older adults may want to consider vaccines to help keep them healthy. Vaccines are available for a wide variety of illnesses, including the flu, pneumonia, shingles and more.  This information packet from a partnership of health and aging organizations has more information on available vaccines for your consideration.

The Importance of Vaccines for Older Adults

For many people, vaccines are effective tools in helping to ensure good health.  For example, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the flu vaccine can reduce the risk of illness in the US by around 60%. This short video from the Alliance for Aging Research gives an overview of how vaccines work, highlights the importance of vaccination, debunks common myths and misconceptions, and encourages consumer communication with health care professionals.