Information for you
Who doesn't love a good shot to the arm?! Oh yeah.....nobody enjoys that. BUT we know we've got to do it anyway!
As you age, vaccines become increasingly more important. That is probably why your doctor urges you to get your vaccinations every year! As we get older, our immune systems naturally weaken and make it harder for our bodies to fight off common diseases such as: the flu, pneumonia and shingles. In addition, older people are more likely to have severe complications from these illnesses that can lead to long-term illness, hospitalization, and even death.
Furthermore, if you already have an ongoing health condition, such as heart disease or diabetes, getting vaccinated is especially important! We want you to stay healthy as you age!
Does Medicare cover vaccines for older adults?
Medicare Part B covers vaccines that protect against influenza, pneumococcal disease, and hepatitis B (if you're at increased risk for hep B). It also covers vaccines you may need following an injury (such as tetanus) or coming into contact with a disease (like rabies).
Medicare Part D plans generally cover more vaccines than Part B. But depending on your Medicare Part D plan, you may have out-of-pocket costs for these vaccines.
Yeah, Yeah.....we need them, but WHAT and WHEN?
The shingles vaccine is about 50% effective, if given between the ages of 65-70. Effectiveness of the vaccine begins to decrease over age 70 because the immune system isn't as effective in responding to it.
DISCLAIMER: We are not doctors, and are not giving medical advise or instruction. Information provided in this post was sourced from the Centers for Disease Control website as well as vaccines.gov. Before getting any vaccination or taking any kind of medication or supplement, please consult your physician.
Stay healthy! Wash your hands! And don't cough on your friends and family! ;)