Vaccines are crucial for the health and wellness of Seniors across the globe. Recently, the COVID-19 pandemic has illustrated the importance of vaccines for Seniors and their loved ones. Vaccines contain the same micro-organisms as the disease and when administered stimulate the immune system to produce antibodies and develop an immunity to the disease.
Senior Immune SystemsAdvancing age causes the immune system to slow, increasing vulnerability to various illnesses. In addition, Seniors are susceptible to autoimmune disorders, where healthy body tissues are mistakenly attacked by their own immune system. A lack of activity due to poor health weakens the immune system. Seniors may be unable to receive vaccines due to comorbidities and then become dependent on others being immunized. Vaccines to prevent pneumonia, shingles, influenza, tetanus, and pertussis are strongly recommended for those 65 and over. As more vaccinations are administered the risk of spreading disease lessens.
COVID-19 VaccineNow available for public use, the COVID-19 vaccine is being distributed for use in phases. Those at the highest risk, including Seniors, are to be vaccinated first. Visit the Colorado Department of Health and Environment to learn where you are able to be vaccinated. Additional information on the vaccine as it relates to Denver may be found on denvergov.org. Knowing the facts about the COVID-19 vaccine provides a level of comfort and knowledge. You will not contract the virus from the vaccine, nor will it interact or change your DNA in any way. The vaccine will not cause you to test positive if a viral test is given following injection. If you or your Senior family member have had COVID-19, doctors still advise being vaccinated. Visit your nearest healthcare provider to speak with them about any concerns and the possibility of being vaccinated.
Vaccines Are SafeEach year older adults are hospitalized with a disease a vaccine could have prevented. Vaccines are sometimes feared by the public for possible side effects. However, they are rigorously tested and remain safe for three main reasons.
- Vaccines go through years of rigorous testing performed by the FDA (Federal Drug Administration) to ensure each vaccine is safe for public distribution and use.
- Side effects from vaccines are usually mild and will disappear within a few days. Some may experience fatigue or soreness at the injection point, but extreme side effects are rare.
- Vaccines are one of the safest ways to protect your health. Physicians are open to discussing which vaccines are safest for their individual patients.