Immunization Recommendations for Older Adults
65 Years and Older
Vaccines are important throughout our lives, especially for older adults. As we age our immune system cannot fight off infections as well as when we were younger. Because of this, illnesses like the flu, pneumonia, and shingles can become quite serious in older adults and even be life-threatening. Health conditions like diabetes or heart disease can also make a person more likely to become ill or have complications from these diseases.
Vaccines can protect you and help you stay healthy as you age. Staying up to date on vaccinations as well as booster doses to increase immunity that may have worn off over time are key to staying healthy and feeling well. Talk with your healthcare provider about what vaccines they recommend for you.
- Shingles Vaccine—For adults ages 50 years and older to help protect against shingles and complications related to shingles.
- Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine (PPSV23)—For adults 65 years or older to help protect against pneumococcal disease, pneumonia, ear and sinus infections, meningitis, and bloodstream infections.
- Influenza (Flu) Vaccine—A flu vaccine is recommended for people of all ages every year. Find a flu vaccine location near you.
Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis (Whooping
Cough) Vaccine (Tdap)—A booster vaccine is needed every
10 years and is especially important for anyone who spends time with
children under 12 months of age.
- Adults 65 years and older may choose to receive the Tdap vaccine to replace the next booster dose of tetanus and diphtheria vaccine (Td).
- Other immunizations recommended by your healthcare provider
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Vaccine Information for Adults
- Recommended Adult Immunization Schedule (Ages 19 or Older)
- Recommended Vaccines for Adults
- Vaccine Recommendations for Adults with Health Conditions
California Department of Public Health (CDPH)—Immunization Branch
Tips for Finding Vaccine Records
- Travel Immunizations and Resources for San Diego County
- CDC—Traveler's Health: Need Travel Vaccines? Plan Ahead
Other Vaccine Resources
- EZIZ.org—California Vaccines for Adults Program
- Immunization Action Coalition—Summary of Recommendations for Adult Immunization
- Vaccines.gov—Adults Age 65 and Older
Vaccine Recommendations For:
For more information or to request
contact the San Diego Immunization Unit via e-mail or call us at (866) 358-2966.