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Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. Anyone, at any age, can get the flu but some people area at a higher risk of developing flu-related complications if they get sick. This includes people 65 and older, people with certain chronic medical conditions, pregnant women, and young children.
The CDC recommends that everyone six months of age and older get a flu vaccine every year.
Shingles is a painful rash that typically develops on one side of the body, often the face or torso. The rash forms blisters that scab over in seven to ten days and clears in two to four weeks. For some, the pain caused from the rash can last for months or years after the rash has left. Your risk of getting shingles increases as you age.
The CDC recommends the shingles vaccine for those 60 and older.
Pneumococcal Pneumonia is caused by Streptococcus pneumonia bacteria. There are two kinds of pneumococcal vaccines: Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine and pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine.
The CDC recommends the pneumococcal conjugate vaccination to all babies and children under the age of two. Adults 65 and older and those who are two through 65 years old with certain medical conditions are also recommended to receive this vaccination.
The CDC recommends the pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccination for all adults 65 and older, people ages two through 64 with certain medical conditions, and adults 19 through 64 years old who smoke cigarettes.
Tetanus is an infection caused by Clostridium tetani bacteria. There are four types of vaccines that protest against tetanus: Diphtheria and tetanus vaccines; Diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis vaccines; Tetanus and diphtheria vaccines; and Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis vaccines.
The CDC recommends the tetanus vaccination to all babies and children, pre-teens and teens, and adults.