Vaccinations for older people
Seasonal Flu Vaccination
Influenza – flu – is a highly infectious and potentially serious illness caused by influenza viruses. Each year the make-up of the seasonal flu vaccine is designed to protect against the influenza viruses that the World Health Organization decide are most likely to be circulating in the coming winter.
Regular immunisation (vaccination) is given free of charge to the following at-risk people, to protect them from seasonal flu:
- people aged 65 or over,
- people with a serious medical condition
- if you are pregnant
- people living in a residential or nursing home
- the main carers for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer becomes ill
- healthcare or social care professionals directly involved in patient care
For more information on flu immunisation, including background information on the vaccine and how you can get the jab, see Seasonal flu jab
People over 65 years old are offered a one off vaccination to prevent the most common types of pneumonia. The vaccine protects against 23 subtypes of “pneumococcus” bacteria in a single vaccine (Pneumovax II) and is given in the upper arm.
The shingles vaccine (Zostavax) is being offered to all people aged 70 and 79. This is aimed as a catch up and once this group has been vaccinated it will be offered to all adults once they reach age 70. Unfortunately if you are over aged 79 you will not be entitled to a shingles vaccination on the NHS, however if you would like to have one it is available as a private vaccination.
Read more about Shingles and the vaccination here
Most people want to stay living independently for as long as possible and we hope we can support you in doing so. Devon County Council “CareDirect” are often the first port of call for help at home whether it be large or small things. Have a look at the Care Direct website to see what help can be offered.
Care Direct 0345 155 1007
A lot of people find as they get older their role as a partner or friend changes to one of carer. Here at Mount Pleasant we hope we can support you in your role as a carer. Please have a look at our carers information page to see the services we offer.
We often take for granted that our memory will be with us forever. As we get older, our memory may not be as good as it once was. This can range from mild forgetfulness to a more problematic memory loss which makes day to day living difficult.
If you have any concerns about your or someone else’s memory, the first step is to visit the GP. Your GP will ask you some questions and make an early assessment of your memory problem.
If your GP is concerned, they can refer you on to a Memory Clinic where the concerns about your memory can be explored in a bit more depth and ways you can be helped will be discussed.
This leaflet about the memory clinic explains more about what will happen if your GP refers you.
Eating Well & Exercise – helping you maintain a healthy body
We’re bombarded with scare stories about weight, from size zero to the obesity ‘epidemic’. But a healthy body is determined by different factors for each of us.
NHS – Good Food Guide
Information on a healthy diet and ways to make it work for you
NHS – Why be active?
Even a little bit of exercise will make you feel better about yourself, boost your confidence and cut your risk of developing a serious illness.
These links all come from trusted resources but if you are unsure about these or any other medical matters please contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.