If you are over 60, there are two vaccinations that you should be getting this year.
It seems like the winters are getting colder every year and they are starting earlier as well. This means that cold and flu season is starting earlier and starting to get harsher too. Vaccinations are an important part of maintaining your health (and wealth) each year so we suggest considering the ramifications of getting sick.
Here are two different vaccines that the CDC is suggesting anyone over 60 gets this winter season.
Prevnar 13 is a shot that is helpful in lowering the risk of developing Pneumonia and during this time of the year that risk goes up tremendously. Germs such as fungi, viruses and bacteria can cause pneumonia. When the air sacs within the lungs become inflamed, they start to fill up with fluid and symptoms like fever, chills and trouble breathing become factors.
At least 900,000 people get Pneumococcal pneumonia per year within the United States and about 7 percent die from it.
Prevnar 13 is recommended for anyone who is 65 years and older but is not considered a replacement for any pneumonia vaccine you may already be taking. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, seniors should be getting both shots.
For seniors who are over the age of 65, two shots are recommended. First, Prevnar 13 and then Pneumovax. Doses should be given six to twelve months apart.
The cost of these shots is generally out of pocket at $135 to $150 per shot but considering the alternative that pneumonia can lead to, many people are finding the cost quite affordable and essential when you consider the ramifications of being sick three to four weeks from pneumonia and the very real likelihood of doctor or hospital visits. For those that work or own businesses, the downtime and lost work income could be a huge setback when compared to the small cost of the shots.
Prevnar 13 has been received by children since 2000 and significantly helped the reduction of infections in both children and adults.
Pneumonia can do serious damage to the immune system and is more harmful to children and older Americans then it is other age groups. These shots are very important to make sure that this disease doesn’t progress into something more serious since pneumonia is so hard to fight. Learn more about these shots, learn all that you can and make the decision that you feel is right for you.