Vaccines and Frailty: What do We Know?
As we age, our body’s ability to bounce back from health stressors is reduced. Once minor health conditions, such as a fall, can become the first step in a downward health spiral leading to frailty. Why does this matter? Infectious diseases are more likely to cause negative health outcomes in older adults living with frailty.
Negative health outcomes include:
- Prolonged bed rest
- Cardiovascular events
Vaccines can help us avoid contracting diseases such as the flu, shingles, pneumonia, and more. Vaccines are scientifically proven to reduce the risk of contracting certain diseases.
Today in Canada, less than 5% of people die from infectious diseases thanks to the invention of vaccines. A hundred years ago, infectious diseases were the leading cause of death worldwide—look how far we’ve come!
Important vaccines for healthy adults aged 60 years and older:
- Influenza Vaccine* (annually)
- Shingles Vaccine (one-time vaccine)
- Pneumococcal Vaccine (one-time vaccine)
*After age 65, it is recommended that people get the high dose flu vaccine, which has been proven more effective in protecting older adults.
Ask your doctor about booster shots for:
- Tetanus (booster every 10 years)
- Diphtheria (booster every 10 years)
- Pertussis (whooping cough) (one booster as an adult)
EXACT Survey (funded by CFN in collaboration with Sanofi Canada)
Government of Canada
International Federation on Ageing
Government of Canada. (29 March 2019). Vaccination for adults. [Website]. Retrieved from https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/vaccination-adults.html#a3
Public Health Agency of Canada. (16 August 2019). Seasonal influenza vaccine pocket guide 2019/20 edition: Recommendations from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) 2019–2020. [Website]. Retrieved from https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/publications/diseases-conditions/seasonal-influenza-vaccine-pocket-guide.html
These are general health guidelines and should not be considered personal medical advice. You should consult your health care provider and discuss each element outlined above to ensure that each element of the AVOID Frailty campaign is personally customized for you.