CONSUMERS’ CORNER # 6
Older adults should
be vaccinated too!
By Jim Murphy
We all know children need to be vaccinated before they start school.
But many Baby Boomers (and even older senior citizens) are skipping vaccinations that can help them stay healthy and live longer.
And that’s a major health problem.
Two out of five boomers are not vaccinated.
Available vaccines … and the percentage
of adults over 65 who have gotten them:
- Flu: 63%
- Pneumonia: 61%
- Shingles: 31%
- Tdap (Tentanus, diptheria and whooping cough: 14%
Tdap is recommended for grandparents, parents, siblings and anyone in close contact with a baby.
Hepatitis C test recommended as well
The CDC also urges people born from 1945 to 1965 to get tested for Hepatitis C. Baby Boomers are five times more likely to have this serious liver disease than other adults.
No one is sure why. Possible causes are injected drug use, sharing of needles and less rigorous screening of the blood supply in earlier years.
The only way to know if you have Hepatitis C is to have a blood test. About one in 30 boomers has this disease, which can cause cirrhosis and liver cancer.
What to do: talk to your doctor about this test.
Note: Neither the shingles vaccine Zostavax nor Tdap is covered by regular Medicare, so some seniors choose not to get them. They’re covered under Medicare Part D and may require co-pays or payment and reimbursement. Check with your Part D plan, your doctor or pharmacy to find the cheapest way to get these vaccines, especially shingles, the most expensive of all.
Shingles, which can cause serious complications, affects one in two people 80 and over. The vaccine protects about half of those vaccinated. Again: talk to your doctor.
3rd from the bottom
That was Pennsylvania’s rank in U.S. kindergarten vaccination rates in 2013 with 87%, – not a great place to be. The only states lower were Arkansas and Colorado.
What to do: get your children vaccinated on time, and protect them and their fellow students.
PHILLY FUN FACT
Philly named among top
50 places to visit in 2017
Travel + Leisure magazine has chosen Philadelphia as one of its top places to travel in 2017.
The magazine cites the addition of Philly’s new hotel brands, the new Museum of the American Revolution (which opens in April) and the fast-growing young population for the city’s latest honor.
“Vacci-nation Day” flickr photo by byzantiumbooks https://flickr.com/photos/byzantiumbooks/15546761677 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license
Jim Murphy is a direct marketing copywriter who has run his own consulting business since 2004. For nine years, he wrote and edited “Choices,” an award-winning credit union magazine with a circulation of 80,000. He also is a certified member of the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides.
Any comments made are Jim’s opinion, and not necessarily those of the Old Pine Community Ce