How often have you said to a loved one or friend, "take care" but thought to yourself, "what exactly does 'take care' mean?"
According to Dictionary.com, the expression, "Take care," has several meanings, including: 1) stay out of harm's way, 2) be watchful, 3) be alert, 4) be cautious, and 5) good bye.
On a more practical level, 'take care' in reference to wellness means having an annual flu shot and other pertinent vaccinations. For seniors, up-to-date vaccinations are essential to good health. In fact, an estimated 45,000 adults in the United States die of complications from vaccine-preventable diseases, report experts at the John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, California.
According to ImmYounity.com, vaccines for adults age 65 and older may be divided into two categories: 1) the general senior population and 2) seniors at risk.
Recommended Vaccines for the General Senior PopulationFor a complete description of each vaccine, click on the links below.
- Influenza (Flu)
- Pneumococcal Conjugate
- Herpes Zoster (Shingles)
- Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis (DTaP)
- Varicella (Chickenpox)
Recommended Vaccines for Seniors at RiskFor a complete description of each vaccine, click on the links below.
Additional Resources for VaccinationsFor more information regarding vaccinations for seniors, visit the following resources:
Written by Joan London, a freelance medical and social service writer in Baltimore.