swine flu shotThe World Health Organization reports that each year throughout the world millions of deaths from infectious diseases are prevented simply through the use of immunizations. While many people think of immunizations as something that only children need to get to stay healthy, the reality is that these are important throughout the lifespan to maintain health, prevent serious illnesses and infections, and keep people stronger. Evidence has even shown that regular and consistent use of immunizations can help to reduce antibiotic resistance throughout the community, which means that germs will not get excessively strong and cause further complications. As a family caregiver it is important that you help your parent understand the value of immunizations and seek out the ones that are most beneficial.

While each senior is different, some of the immunizations that are most often recommended for elderly adults over the age of 65 include:

• Influenza, for protection against the flu
• Herpes zoster, for protection against shingles
• Diphtheria
• Tetanus
• Pertussis, for protection against whooping cough
• Pneumococcal disease, for protection against pneumonia

It is very important to note that not all immunizations are right for all seniors. Depending on your loved one’s specific health complications and issues, they may need additional immunizations or may need to avoid certain ones. Get in touch with their doctor and schedule a time to discuss your parent’s needs for immunizations and the ones that may be right for them. Talk to your parent about these immunizations so that together all of you can decide which shots would be appropriate for your parent and when you should schedule them. Remember that some shots should not be taken at the same time as others and other shots require specific monitoring to ensure that your parent is handling them properly. This information will empower your parent to take control of their health and prevent infectious diseases that could be devastating for your parent’s health and well-being.

Starting elder care for your aging parent can be one of the best decisions that you can make for your senior throughout the course of your caregiver journey with them. An elderly home care services provider can be in the home with your parent on a customized schedule to ensure that they are with them to give them the specific care services they need while also ensuring that you remain in control of their care routine. Through a set of highly personalized services this care provider is able to help your loved one remain safe, healthy, happy, and comfortable while also pursuing a lifestyle that is as active and independent as possible. As a family caregiver, this can give you greater peace of mind knowing that your senior loved one will have everything that they need to maintain a fulfilling, engaged quality of life as they age in place. This can not only ease your caregiver stress, but can also
enable you to better focus your energy and attention on the efforts that you are able to give your senior to ensure that they are as effective as possible and to support a strong, meaningful relationship.

http://articles.extension.org/pages/9367/vaccinations-for-caregivers-and-older-adults
https://www.vaccines.gov/who_and_when/seniors/index.html
https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/events/niam.html
http://www.who.int/features/factfiles/immunization/en/

When you are in need of care for a senior loved one, consider home care provided by Golden Heart Senior Care. We have offices nationwide. For more information, call us today at (800) 601-2792.

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