Vaccines for Seniors and Medicare
I continue to work as a Staff RN (bedside nursing) at a local hospital and I have already cared for several patients with pneumonia, some even bilateral or both lungs, and there has been a confirmed case of death by flu for 2017.
The immune system weakens with age, this is an issue that occurs to all aging people, no matter background or culture.
It is also important to know, that with chronic conditions, like high blood pressure, diabetes, heart failure, and kidney disease, adding pneumonia and flu, makes the treatment plan complicated and requires longer recovery time. This essentially occurs because the body has to work harder to not only sustain the body as it manages the chronic conditions, it too has to work to fight the infection from the pneumonia and flu. Lastly, with having chronic conditions, it more likely for you to get pneumonia or flu as well, because your body is in essence “weaker” because it is using its energy and resources to maintain your body with your conditions.
I have listed and will discuss 4 of the most common and beneficial vaccines for seniors.
You should get a flu shot annually. For older adults, it’s best that you get your vaccine as early in the season as possible to prevent getting the flu from your spouse, caregiver, or friend. In the U.S., flu season typically peaks between November and March. The flu vaccine is once a year and free because of the Medicare Part B benefit.
The vaccine is actually two shots given about a year apart. The pneumococcal vaccine is a cost-free benefit covered by Medicare Part B.
Shingles is reactivated due to age-related weakening of the immune system, it causes a trigger in the inactive chickenpox virus. Whether you remember having chickenpox as a child or not, you should still talk to your doctor about getting vaccinated. Medicare coverage for the shingle vaccine varies depending on whether you have Medicare traditional or a Medicare plan, you will either be responsible for a co-payment (fixed dollar amount) or coinsurance (percentage of the vaccine’s cost).
Hepatitis B vaccine is a series of three or four injections received over six months. Most Americans are vaccinated against hepatitis B as infants.
Medicare Part B covers the cost of the hep B vaccine if a doctor determines that you are at high or medium risk of contracting the hep B virus.
Getting these vaccines are an important part of healthy aging, and they also help ensure your health.
If your primary care doctor offers these vaccines, take the vaccine from the office, so that a record can be kept, to prevent issues with double billing and forgetting you ever had the vaccine.
Always remember to try to remain in your insurance network, for most affordable cost.
Talk to your doctor today, to discuss what vaccines are good for you and what time is good for you. There are many vaccines beneficial to the aging person, I decided to cover 4 that I see as a RN and Certified Care Manager, every day, that patients are missing and causing serious problems to their health.
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