There are four vaccines adults over the age of 50 should receive: a flu shot, tetanus, shingles, and pneumococcal.
Experts say adults should get the flu shot every year. The tetanus vaccine, which also protects against whooping cough, is important for adults near babies who haven’t been vaccinated yet. The shingles vaccine protects against a very painful condition that may cause lasting pain. And, finally, pneumococcal vaccines protect against pneumonia.
Dr. Susan Rehm of Cleveland Clinic tells us, “Vaccines are an ounce of prevention. And adults may not think about themselves as needing vaccines. We really, as a society, concentrate on trying to get children vaccinated, but vaccines are definitely for adults too.”
Experts say that even though the flu vaccine varies in effectiveness from person to person, it’s important to know that as we age, we’re more likely to have other health issues.