Vaccines help protect against common and sometimes vicious illnesses, such as influenza, pneumonia, and shingles. An annual flu shot is considered a “must” for older adults, especially those with heart disease. Two different pneumococcal vaccines, which protect against pneumonia, bacteremia, and meningitis, are recommended for adults 65 and older. The shingles vaccine is recommended for anyone 50 or older. A potentially more effective shingles vaccine is still in development and not yet available.
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