For seniors 65 years and older with a chronic condition, such as diabetes, ask your doctor if you need additional vaccinations from diseases such as meningococcal meningitis or a booster shot for polio.
If your golden years include trips to exotic locales outside your own country, there are special precautions you can take to protect yourself against unnecessary infections. Nothing puts a damper on the “trip of a lifetime” like a serious infection or landing in a foreign hospital. Before you book your tickets, ask your doctor if any of the locations you are visiting require vaccinations in advance to protect your health.
Some pharmacies now offer the less commonly sought out vaccinations, including many of those required by those traveling abroad. Nearly all insurers will cover the cost of a flu vaccine, but check with your insurance about the others and talk to your doctor to determine which vaccines make most sense for you. You may balk at paying for a vaccination out of pocket, but many of them can save you a lot of pain and suffering later, and may even save you money in the co-pays and doctor’s fees you won’t pay because you didn’t get sick.
To keep track of vaccinations and maximize their effectiveness:
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