June is Men’s Health Month. When was your dad’s last checkup? If you’re not sure, it’s the perfect time to get him caught up. Is he nervous and refusing to go? He’s not alone. In 2010, the CDC asked people if they’d been to a doctor. Eight percent of people over the age of 65 admitted they hadn’t, and women were more likely than men to have gone.
While you work on getting your dad to see his doctor, you should make sure his vaccinations are up to date. He doesn’t have to see a doctor for those. He can go to a pharmacy and get many of the vaccinations that are recommended for senior citizens. Here’s the list of vaccines that senior care physicians recommend.
It’s best to get the flu shot before prime flu season starts. This is usually in the early fall. You’ll see notices of flu shot clinics advertised regularly. That doesn’t mean your dad can’t get it earlier, but he’ll want to get it every year to help protect against the flu.
Pneumococcal vaccines are recommended after the age of 64. This vaccine protects against pneumonia. It’s recommended that seniors get the PCV13 vaccine and follow it with PPSV23 the second year.
If your dad had chicken pox as a child, he needs to get the shingles vaccine. Shingles is a return of the virus that causes chicken pox, but it attacks the nerves and can cause excruciating pain.
The immunization against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis/whooping cough is recommended every 10 years. Your dad likely got it as a child, but he may not have had it updated in the past decade.
Some vaccines are recommended in certain conditions. If your dad has a chronic condition or is a certain age, his doctor may also recommend:
Meningococcal protects against meningitis. It’s not given to every adult, but if your dad is at a higher risk of developing meningitis, such as having had the spleen removed, his doctor may feel it’s worthwhile.
The immunization for measles, mumps, and rubella is only recommended for people born in 1957 and later. Unless your dad is in that age range, this isn’t one he’ll need.
7. Hepatitis A and B.
These shots are usually recommended for adults who have liver disease. If your dad does, he should talk to his doctor to see if he should get them.
If your dad doesn’t drive, you may find it hard to take enough time off to get his medical needs attended to. Senior care services with caregivers can include transportation. Learn more by calling us today.
If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Monticello, FL, please call the caring staff at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care today at 850-386-5552. Providing Senior Care Services in North Florida