Immunizations for Age 50+

Adult Vaccines Patient2 300x169 Immunizations for Age 50+ PhotoAn immunization is the process of acquiring protection from disease. This is achieved by receiving vaccines, which provide immunity from disease. These are administered by injections, orally or by aerosol.  The following vaccinations should be considered in the 50+ age range:

Flu vaccination (influenza)- Annually

Tetanus-diphtheria and pertussis- Booster every 10 years

  • A primary vaccination sequence of Tdap should be given if vaccine history unknown or have never received an initial dose

Hepatitis B: 3-dose series if not already received

  • Also- healthcare workers exposed to blood and body fluids
  • Those with diabetes, on hemodialysis, end-stage renal disease
  • Those working in STD treatment sites, drug abuse facilities

Hepatitis A- 2 shot series if traveling or at risk

  • Risks include:
    • Those using injection of elicit drugs
    • Men engaged in sex with men and those using elicit drugs
    • Those with chronic liver disease
    • Receiving clotting factors
    • Working with HIV in research or those infected

Pneumococcal- One shot if warranted by a chronic health problem

Herpes zoster (shingles)- Once over age 60

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