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6 Reasons Older Adults Should Consider Getting Their Vaccines

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Australia has just come out of one of its worst flu seasons. Vaccines save lives at every age. For older adults, they play an even more important role. Although there are those with valid reasons they wish not to get vaccinated, below is a list of many benefits to vaccination. 

For the elderly and vulnerable, here are some of the biggest reasons why staying up to date on your vaccines is important to your health and quality of life.

  1. Our immune system weakens as we grow older
  2. Older adults are at higher risk of dying from vaccine-preventable illnesses
  3. Getting vaccinated helps protect babies and children who are too young for vaccines
  4. Getting our shots helps us protect immunocompromised people in the community
  5. Vaccines prevent illnesses that cause serious, life-changing complications
  6. Most vaccines are covered by Medicare or private insurance

So, what vaccines are recommended for older adults?

  • Seasonal influenza: Your doctor may recommend the high dose shot for people aged 65+
  • Shingles: A two-dose vaccination is recommended for adults 50+
  • Pneumonia (pneumococcal disease): Two types of this vaccine are recommended, administered in intervals
  • Tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis (Tdap): A booster every 10 years is recommended
  • COVID-19: Be vaccinated, including boosters, as recommended
  • Other vaccines may also be recommended by your doctor, especially if you plan on traveling abroad, or if a specific health concern warrants them. These might include measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR), hepatitis A and B, and meningococcal disease.

Talk to your doctor about the immunizations recommended for you. 

If you or your elderly loved one are looking for high quality in-home care or disability support at home and in the community, look no further than Right at Home. Right at Home provides client centric care designed around high quality processes and care planning. Talk to one of of local offices today, by calling 1300 363 802 or visit us at www.rightathome.com.au for more information on our great service and care ability.

Keep up to date with COVID 19 information on the following links: 

Australian Government Department of Health 

Victorian Health and Human Services 

NSW Health 

Queensland Health 

ACT Health 

WA Department of Health 

Tasmanian Department of Health 

Northern Territory Department of Health 

SA Health 

Founded in 1995, Right at Home offers in-home companionship and personal care, and assistance to seniors (elderly and aged care), and any adult who needs our care at home including adults living with a disability who want to continue to live independently or age in their home. Right at Home is your local expert for issues related to caring for your loved ones and is dedicated to keeping you informed about home care. With no admin or subscription fees Right at Home allows you to get more care from your package or budget. 

Right at Home is a 'My Aged Care' government approved, home care provider for levels 1 – 4 and offers flexible in-home care services such as nursing care, after hospital care, post-operative care, respite care, dementia and Alzheimer's care. Right at Home also offers assistance with daily living and personal care such as grooming, hygiene, transport, shopping, meal prep, domestic services and social support, so your loved one can enjoy a more independent, vibrant life. Our nurses and caregivers are screened, highly trained, and insured prior to entering your home so you can trust us with the caregiving while you focus on your loved one. 

To find out more, please give us a call on 1300 363 802 or visit our website. 

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