Immunization Recommendations for Older Adults

65 Years and Older

Older adults

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.

Vaccines Recommended for Adults 65 Years and Older May Include: 

  • 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 




What vaccines do you need?

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Older Adult Vaccine Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

California Department of Public Health (CDPH)—Immunization Branch

Tips for Finding Vaccine Records 


Other Vaccine Resources


Vaccine Recommendations For: 

For more information or to request materials,
contact the San Diego Immunization Unit via e-mail or call us at (866) 358-2966.