3 Immunizations Baby Boomers Should Get

3 Immunizations Baby Boomers Should Get

Vaccines aren’t just for babies and kids. Doctors recommend certain vaccines at various stages of life, including in young adulthood and later in life. If you’re a baby boomer, you may benefit from getting immunizations to protect you from shingles, pneumococcal diseases, and the flu. Only your doctor can determine if a particular vaccine is right for you, so consider scheduling a wellness visit.

Shingles Vaccine

Corner drugstores often offer shingles immunizations , which are recommended for adults at least 50 years of age and older. There is now a new type of shingles vaccine available. Even if you were previously vaccinated, your doctor may recommend that you get the new shingles vaccine. This is given as a series of two shots. The new shot has been found to be far more effective at preventing this painful skin disease, which about one-third of baby boomers get.

Pneumococcal Vaccine

Pneumococcal diseases are a group of infections caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria. There are two pneumococcal vaccines: The conjugate vaccine and the polysaccharide vaccine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all adults ages 65 and older receive both shots. This is because the two injections guard against different strains of the bacteria. Getting both shots will reduce your risk of infections like meningitis, bacteremia, and pneumonia.

Annual Flu Shot

Unless there is a medical contraindication that makes it unsafe for a particular patient to get the flu shot, doctors recommend an annual vaccine for all adults. Baby boomers in particular are more susceptible to contracting influenza, and they are more likely to require hospitalization for severe complications of the flu. Older adults are also at a higher risk of flu-related death.

You can pick up your medications, rent crutches, and even get immunizations at Lyon Corner Drug & Soda Fountain . Their old-fashioned soda fountain has been a longtime favorite among locals of Steamboat Springs, CO. Call the store at (970) 879-1114.