Fall is the time of the year to make sure you have all of your shots. Prevention is a big part of keeping healthy, and shots that help to prevent flu, pneumonia, and hepatitis B are three ways to help keep yourself as healthy as possible this fall and winter.

The Flu

Seniors are prone to getting the flu. It can also be deadly to people who are frail in health or who have compromised immune systems. There are a lot of different flu viruses that can infect humans with influenza. They are broken down into three groups; A, B and C. A flu vaccine helps to protect you from the strains of flu that are most common each year. In fact, as seniors you have two choices for the flu shot this year. There are the regular flu shot and a shot that is specifically designed for seniors. The senior version of the flu shot has more antibodies that will help to keep you safer from the flu.

Pneumonia

Pneumonia is a debilitating illness that can be deadly. There is a vaccine available for this common winter plague. It is covered by Medicare and you likely will only need it once. Seniors who end up with pneumonia often end up in the hospital. It is an illness that causes severe coughing, fever, and can compromise your respiratory system. If you have not yet had the pneumonia vaccine then talk with your doctor about whether or not you need it. Pneumonia is an infection that attacks your lungs making it difficult for your to breath. In seniors, it can cause all kinds of problems. A vaccine that helps prevents it is an important consideration for all seniors.

Hepatitis B

The Hepatitis B vaccine is available if your doctor recommends it. It is most often a series of three shots that are given over the course of a three – six-month period. Seniors with certain illnesses or disease are more prone to becoming sick with Hepatitis B than are others. ESRD or End State Renal Disease and Diabetes are two diseases that increase the risk of contracting Hepatitis B. Talk with your doctor about whether or not you need a Hepatitis B vaccine. It is covered by Medicare if your doctor recommends it.

Where to find Answers?

Connect One Health is available if you have questions about preventative health, what is covered and what kinds of preventative measures are available to you. We are also available to answer your Medicare related questions.

Being proactive about preventative health care is important. It can take upwards of six months to recover fully from pneumonia. The flu, pneumonia and Hepatitis B can all cause serious health problems and even make existing conditions worse. Getting a vaccine is fairly easy, and they do a lot to help keep you healthy during cold, flu and pneumonia season. Another good tip is to eat a healthy diet that is balanced. Make sure to wash your hands often and if necessary wear a mask when out running errands.