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Infographic: 6 Reasons Older Adults Should Get Their Vaccines

Vaccines save lives at every age! You might think that you were done with shots once you finished your childhood immunizations, but a number of vaccines also are recommended for older people. Some are new when we reach a certain age, and others are boosters of previous vaccines we likely received when we were younger. Read on for information about why you should get vaccinated, and which shots may be recommended for you.


The information in this infographic is not intended to replace the advice of your health care provider.

6 Reasons Older Adults Should Get Their Vaccines

Vaccines save lives at every age. For older adults, they’re all the more important because …

  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.

Which vaccines are recommended for older adults?

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

Vaccines are thoroughly tested and safe. Talk to your doctor about the immunizations that are recommended for you.

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