Lindsay B. Schwartz, Ph.D.
National Immunization Awareness Month is a great time to review vaccines that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends for older adults. The CDC provides helpful information on vaccines including who should who should get specific vaccinations, complications from diseases, and the schedule of vaccines. Adults 60 years and older should have the shingles vaccine to prevent the painful rash also known as Herpes Zoster. Adults 65 and older should have the pneumococcal vaccine to prevent against pneumococcal disease which can include pneumonia, meningitis, and blood infections. All adults should have an annual influenza vaccine and Td vaccine every 10 years to protect against tetanus and diphtheria.