Vaccines are preparations that are administered to people with the aim of generating active immunity by developing antibodies to complications and serious pathologies that can be life-threatening. Over time, the immune system weakens, so it is important to comply with the corresponding inoculations when you reach the third age. Dr. Julio Cachay, internist and specialists in infectious diseases at Clinica Ricardo Palma, provides more information on the vaccines that are recommended for older adults
- Pneumococcal vaccine: It is recommended for people over 65 years of age or who belong to a risk group. Pneumococcal disease includes a variety of infections such as: pneumonia, meningitis, among others
- Influenza vaccine: It should be given every year, since the immune response they produce tends to decrease over time, while influenza viruses constantly change
- Varicella zoster vaccine: Herpes zoster or also known as shingles, is a disease caused by the same chickenpox virus which remains inactive in people who suffered from this infection as children. Over time this virus can reactivate giving rise to herpes zoster and to prevent it, it is recommended that people over 60 years of age apply this vaccine
- Tetanus, diphtheria, and whooping cough booster shot (dTpa): Everyone needs a tetanus, diphtheria, and whooping cough booster shot every 10 years
Remember that you must wait fourteen days after receiving the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to be able to get a flu and pneumococcal vaccine.
Dr. Julio Cachay
Internist and Specialists in Infectious Diseases at Clínica Ricardo Palma