Melbourne AU: Available Vaccines for Elderly

Caring for our loved ones means ensuring and providing everything they may need, especially for the elders. Take note that they have a weaker immune system, making them more susceptible to infectious diseases.

In line with this, we strongly encourage residents and adults aged 65 years or older to have updated vaccine shots. We also advise visitors aged 50 years and above to get pneumococcal and influenza vaccinations. This should protect them from highly contagious diseases like seasonal flu and whooping cough.

Delta Care is a family-oriented aged care facility based in Australia. For more than 40 years, Delta Care has served many aged ones with love and compassion. Here, we make sure all residents are safe and in good hands!

Importance of Immunisation: Why we Recommend Them

Immunisation is recommended for older adults because protection from a vaccine wears off over time. Adults are susceptible to vaccine-preventable diseases because of their age or weakening immune responses.

For our visitors, we recommend adults to get vaccines to prevent them from spreading serious illnesses like seasonal flu, pneumococcal disease, tetanus-diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough) in our aged care facilities.

The Centers for Disease Control And Prevention (CDC) and Australia’s Department Of Health also recommend getting immunization and booster dose for older people.

IMPORTANCE OF IMMUNISATION: WHY WE RECOMMEND THEM | My Delta Care

Influenza Vaccination

This is a highly contagious disease that spreads by small droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. It is dangerous, especially for adults that are 65 years old and above.

Since this disease is seasonal, the virus strain changes every year. This is why an annual shot of influenza vaccine (flu vaccine) is essential. In some cases, complications may lead to:

Bronchitis

Croup

Pneumonia

Ear infections

Heart and other organ damage

Brain inflammation

Brain damage

Death

The influenza vaccine is available in the National Immunisation Program (NIP) for seniors aged 65 years and over. You can check your eligibility in the link here.

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Pneumococcal Vaccination

Pneumococcal disease has several underlying factors. Mostly it is caused by the bacteria “Streptococcus Pneumonia,” which is also known as pneumococcus. Almost everyone has the pneumococcus bacteria in their nose and throat. Although the bacteria do not cause any complications in those areas, it can grow and spread to other parts of the body, leading to health problems.

The bacteria can cause many different types of severe diseases, affecting the lungs, ears, nose, and brain. Pneumococcal disease may lead to more serious complications like:

Pneumonia

Swelling and infection of the brain (meningitis)

Infection of the blood (sepsis)

Coma or even death

FAQ

Can seniors/elders be vaccinated?

Yes! In fact, the CDC and the government of Australia recommend older people (adults aged over 65 years) to get a booster dose for diseases that can be prevented through vaccination.

What vaccines are recommended for adults and seniors?

Australia's Department of Health recommends getting additional and booster vaccines below for adults aged over 65 years.
Additional recommended vaccines:

  • Seasonal flu vaccine - recommended getting every year since the flu virus changes every year.
  • Shingles (herpes zoster) vaccine - prevents the herpes zoster disease caused by the reactivation of the varicella-zoster virus in the body.
  • Pneumococcal disease vaccination - prevents the spread of the pneumococcus bacteria.

  • Booster vaccines:

  • Diphtheria-tetanus vaccine - prevents the spread of "Clostridium tetani" that causes muscle spasms. Recommended getting every 10 years.
  • Whooping cough (pertussis) vaccination - prevents the spread of "Bordetella pertussis" that causes whooping cough. Recommended getting every 10 years.

You can check the link here to know more about vaccinations for seniors.

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