Immunizations & Infection Control For Seniors To Stay Healthy
By: Assisted Living by Unlimited Care Cottages | Published 10/04/2022
As you age, healthcare providers may recommend immunizations and infection control for seniors to prevent certain illnesses. Immune responses in seniors tend to decline as they age, increasing their susceptibility to infections. However, immunization can mitigate the risks.
Our immune system is vital in protecting the body from bacterial and viral infections. However, it can get compromised as we age or due to underlying conditions. The good news is that there are ways to support your immune system in old age.
KEEPING UP WITH RECOMMENDED VACCINATIONS
Vaccinations prevent or reduce the chances of getting sick or experiencing severe conditions. You may have received a few vaccinations as a child, but there are other recommended immunizations for older adults.
Here are the vaccines for common infections in seniors.
- Pneumonia vaccine (annual)
- Flu vaccine (annual)
- Shingles vaccine
- Covid-19 vaccine (as recommended)
- Hepatitis B vaccine
- HPV vaccines
- Td or Tdap vaccines
Pro Tip: Consult your doctor to develop the best vaccination plan for your health to protect yourself from vaccine-preventable diseases.
REDUCING YOUR RISK OF INFECTION
Besides staying up-to-date with vaccinations, there are many other ways to prevent your exposure to germs and reduce the risks of infections. Here is what to do.
- Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently
- Finish your dosage for antibiotics when given s prescription
- Avoid touching your nose, eyes, mouth, and face as possible
- Stay away from people with contagious illnesses, such as cold or flu
- Clean and apply a bandage on open wounds to prevent the entry of bacteria
- Stay at home whenever you are not feeling well and give yourself time to recover
TALK TO YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS IN ASSISTED LIVING
Assisted living facilities and nursing homes encourage hygiene practices to reduce resident infections. In addition, they can help your senior loved ones with meal planning to ensure they eat a balanced diet to improve their immune health.
STAY HEALTHY WITH INFECTION CONTROL FOR SENIORS
Immunizations and infection control for seniors can help mitigate the risks of getting ill. You can control and prevent infections by getting appropriate vaccines, washing your hands frequently, and seeing a doctor when you feel sick. Also, don’t forget to eat well to keep your immune system strong.
Talk to us about your health issues, and we’ll recommend viable solutions for seniors.