5 Vaccines You Need to Stay Healthy This Winter

5 Vaccines You Need to Stay Healthy This Winter

It’s hard to believe 2018 begins next week. With our sub-zero Indiana temperatures, the winter months can truly wreak havoc on our health. With that said, we recommend staying up to date on the following five vaccines.

While we don’t offer these vaccines in-house, our goal is simply to provide this information as helpful advice to stay healthy and active.

First is the flu vaccine. It protects against Influenza, the common cold-weather infection that causes chills, fever, aches, cough, and headaches. We recommend anyone over the age of six months old should obtain this vaccine, however, it is especially dangerous in seniors.

Second, we recommend the shingles vaccine for anyone age 65 and older. It is a one-time vaccine helping to prevent this painful rash that comes from the same virus as Chicken Pox.

Third is the tetanus vaccine. While you likely received your first tetanus vaccine as an infant, you should get booster shots once every 10 years, even into old age. Tetanus can cause painful locking of muscles all over the body and can be fatal.

Fourth, the pertussis vaccine prevents Whooping Cough – which can become so severe as to cause broken ribs and passing out. Again, you likely received your first vaccine in adolescence. You should then receive a booster between the ages of 19-64 and then again after the age of 65.

Finally, the pneumococcal vaccine prevents lung infections like pneumonia and meningitis. There are two types of vaccines, called PPSV23 (Pneumovax 23) and PCV13 (Prevnar 13). After age 50, you need both types. Speak with your physician about your personal needs. Preventing pneumonia is important, as it is the eighth leading cause of death if people over the age of 65.

To speak with someone at Heritage Pointe of Warren about the care we offer our residents, please contact us today.

**Source: Adapted from this article.