Aging is unavoidable and part of the process can be unpleasant.
“As you get older, your immune system weakens, which is why we see more serious infections in older people.”
Dr. Gregory Poland, who heads the Mayo Clinic Vaccine Research Group, says that’s why vaccines become especially important as you get older. And that’s why his team at the Mayo Clinic is looking for ways to adjust vaccines to better protect older people.
“There are three flu vaccines, one shingles vaccine, and one hepatitis B vaccine, designed to avoid these problems and are more effective than the standard vaccine for the elderly.”
He says these vaccines aren’t perfect and don’t always prevent you from getting sick, but it’s important to note that they protect you from the complications of illnesses like the flu.
“So you might have had a snuff or fever. You were at home for a day or two from work, but you weren’t hospitalized. You didn’t get pneumonia. And you didn’t die. “
I’m Ian Ross from the Mayo Clinic News Network.