Should My Elderly Parents Receive the Flu Vaccine?Should My Parents Receive the Flu Vaccine?

With flu season coming up, many have vaccines on their mind. There are many helpful vaccines out there to prevent diseases that often strike and harm the most vulnerable of the population. It can be hard to navigate what is out there and what you need to be vaccinated for. If you are over the age of 65, getting vaccinated against pneumonia is something you should consider.

What is Pneumonia?

Pneumonia is a common illness that has many strains caused by viruses, bacteria and fungi. In all cases, it causes inflammation of the air spaces in the lungs which leads to a serious infection and trouble breathing. Some other common symptoms are:

  • Fatigue
  • Chills
  • Cough
  • Fever

Why Vaccines are Important for the Elderly

The elderly population, particularly seniors over 65, are one of the most affected groups in America when it comes to illnesses and diseases. As our bodies age, many of our bodily systems don’t work quite as well as they used to, leading to decreased immunity. This means that seniors both get infections more easily and have a harder time ridding themselves of them. In these cases, vaccines can prevent significant illness, hospitalization, disability, and even death.

What do these Vaccines Protect you From?

There are two different vaccines to prevent against various strains of pneumonia. The pneumococcal conjugate vaccine protects against 13 types of pneumonia and is often given for the first time in early childhood. If you have already had this vaccine, then you will most likely need the pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine which protects against 23 strains of the disease.

Call Us Today

Do you need to get a pneumonia shot? Contact Questcare Medical Clinic for information about our locations and hours.