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Immunization for the elderly.

Authors
  • Bader, Mazen S
Type
Published Article
Journal
The American Journal of the Medical Sciences
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Dec 01, 2007
Volume
334
Issue
6
Pages
481–486
Identifiers
PMID: 18091370
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The morbidity and mortality of vaccine-preventable diseases among older adults are high. Despite the benefits of elderly vaccination, vaccination rates remain low and especially among some minority groups. Specific strategies for improving the rate of vaccination have been developed for medical offices and clinics, hospitals, and other health care institutions. There are vaccines that are recommended routinely for the elderly while other vaccines are recommended in certain circumstances. Knowing the indications, contraindications, and adverse reactions to the recommended vaccines for the elderly is very important to the primary care physicians.

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