, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp 66-72
Date: 02 Feb 2014

Vaccinations for Older Adults: An Update

Abstract

Older adults are at great risk of death and complications from a number of common infectious diseases. Various recent recommendations regarding the use of vaccines directed against influenza, pneumococcal infection, herpes zoster, and pertussis have significant ramifications with regard to the care of older adults. While a few of these vaccinations have been specifically formulated for use in older adults, other vaccines have been in use for other populations for some time. This paper will review recommendations for the use of currently approved vaccinations in the United States and their potential impact on the health of older adults.