AARP: Setting Seniors up for Vaccines

Older adults are at increased risk of health complications that can be prevented by vaccines, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Americans over age 60 are often not getting needed immunizations, and that is creating a growing risk to the healthcare system, say federal disease-prevention experts.

About two-thirds of those who are 65 and older have never had the shingles vaccine, and more than 4 in 10 haven’t had a tetanus shot in the past 10 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As for the pneumococcal vaccine, nearly a third of older people haven’t had this immunization.

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