Study: Universal Mask Wearing Could Save Nearly 130,000 US Lives from COVID-19
October 30, 2020 04:00am
By Jennifer Gershman, PharmD, CPh
Because of immunosenescence, the weakening of the immune system and progressive decline of adaptive and innate immune responses as we age, illnesses can cause significant mortality and morbidity in elderly persons.
Aging is associated with an increase in the risk and severity of infectious diseases. Because of immunosenescence, the weakening of the immune system and progressive decline of adaptive and innate immune responses as we age, illnesses can cause significant mortality and morbidity in elderly persons.
Immunosenescence is also responsible for the reduced efficacy of vaccines in older adults and is why older populations are more susceptible to the flu,
, and shingles.
Health care providers can be very influential in following the CDC’s recommended immunization practices to administer and document immunizations, educate on the importance of
and vaccine-preventable diseases, follow the best practice guidelines recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), and obtain each individual’s immunization history.
Specific vaccinations include:
Other vaccines include:
Barriers to immunizations include fear of immunization pain, misconceptions and miseducation, and lack of access or insurance.
For elderly patients, a pharmacy is often the most accessible health care. Being knowledgeable about the guidelines and risk factors for patients is important to ensure that they get the proper counseling on vaccines.
A version of this article was originally published by Pharmacy Times. View the full article atPharmacyTimes.com.