How many vaccinations does your dad have? Are they all up to date? Have you talked about vaccinations that can prevent him from some debilitating illnesses or conditions? It’s time to discuss vaccinations for your senior loved one.
What Are the Vaccinations the Elderly Should Consider?
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services recommends seniors get the following vaccinations:
Diphtheria – Diptheria is a bacterial infection that affects the throat, It can lead to heart failure and difficulties breathing. It’s typically paired in a combination vaccination with whooping cough and tetanus.
Flu – The flu shot is something that benefits seniors with a weaker immune system. While many can handle the flu without issue, there’s a higher chance of your dad developing pneumonia or breathing difficulties that require hospitalization. The flu shot is not recommended if your dad is allergic to eggs.
Shingles – Half of all shingles cases occur after the age of 60. Shingles causes severe nerve pain and a rash, but it can also lead to inflammation of the brain, hearing loss, and pneumonia.
Tetanus – Ten percent of all cases of tetanus lead to death. It’s a disease that’s contracted by getting the bacteria inside a cut. The bacteria is usually located in soil outside in yards and gardens, so it’s an important vaccination to have.
Whooping Cough – Whopping cough is a bacterial disease involving a severe cough that is capable of fracturing the ribs. It’s more common in kids, but if your dad gets it, it can last 10 weeks or longer.
If your dad travels to certain countries, other vaccinations may be recommended. For example, if your parent is traveling to Mexico or the Caribbean, a hepatitis A vaccination is recommended to prevent the disease that’s acquired through contaminated drinks and foods.
Ask the Doctor for More Information.
Check your dad’s vaccinations with his doctor and make sure all vaccinations are current. If any are missing, talk to your parent and the doctor about the benefits and risks of the vaccination. See what your parent thinks. While your dad may not want to get every vaccination, some of them offer benefits that can prevent serious illness or even death, so they shouldn’t be quickly dismissed.
If it’s difficult for you to get your dad to the doctor’s office due to your work schedule, talk to a home care agency. Elder care services include transportation. You won’t have to miss work. Learn more about transportation services by calling a home care agency today.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in River Oaks, TX, contact the caring staff at Personal Caregiving Services at 832-564-0338. Providing Care in Houston, Bellaire, West University Place, Katy, and Sugar Land and the surrounding areas.
In 1989 after selling his family owned food service business, Mr. Gerber pursued his compassion for the elderly by completing his geriatric education and training requirements to be a licensed nursing home administrator (LNFA) from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.Previously he received his undergraduate business degree from the University of Texas at Austin and his Masters in business administration (MBA) from the University of Houston.In 2003, Mr. Gerber earned his Certification to be a Senior Advisor (CSA).
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