Ten Important Facts for Older Adults to Know About Vaccines
Because tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis can occur in adults, all adults should receive a booster shot every 10 years, including one dose of Tdap for those under the age of 65.
People who travel outside the United States should review their immunization records early in their planning to determine which vaccines are necessary. Learn more.
Each year up to 60,000 adults, many 65 years or older, die of preventable diseases (flu, pneumonia, and hepatitis B). All people 65 or older should receive flu and pneumonia vaccines. People who are in certain high risk groups should also receive hepatitis B.
Flu vaccine can prevent up to 70% of hospitalizations and 87% of deaths from flu-related pneumonia.
Since flu viruses change each year, people should get the new vaccine annually, usually in the fall. It is important to remember you cannot get the flu from the vaccine. the flu from the vaccine.
Flu vaccine will not protect you from other respiratory infections, such as colds and bronchitis.
Pneumococcal pneumonia is the most common type of pneumonia, account for up to one-third of all types of pneumonia that lead to hospitalization.
Pneumonia vaccine is usually a once-in-a-lifetime shot. Again, you cannot get pneumonia from the vaccine.
Herpes zoster (shingles) occurs when someone who previously had chicken pox, has reactivation of the virus in their body.
50% of persons age 85 years and older will have had shingles at least one time.
How to Find a Clinic
Public immunization clinics in Nebraska can offer vaccines either free of charge or for
a small fee to people who qualify. These clinics are located in various counties
across the state.
Finding your Immunization Records
Some providers put immunization information about their patients into the state registry (NESIIS). While the Nebraska Immunization program encourages all vaccine providers to input information into the state registry, some clinics are not using the system. In those cases, patients will have to contact the clinic where they received a vaccination to get copies of their records.
There are risks of acquiring illness when traveling internationally. In general, these risks depend on the area of the world you are visiting and the length of your stay.