Ages 65 Years and Older: Immunizations

The following immunizations are recommended for women in this age group:

Immunization

What and Why

When

Diphtheria and reduced tetanus toxoids and acellular pertussis vaccine booster (Tdap) or tetanus–diphtheria (Td) booster

A shot to immunize against the diseases tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis

Substitute one-time dose of Tdap for Td booster shot that is given every 10 years

Herpes zoster vaccine

A shot to help prevent shingles, painful blisters caused by varicella

Once if not previously immunized

Influenza vaccine

A shot to help prevent  influenza (the flu)

Yearly

Pneumococcal vaccine

A shot to help prevent pneumonia

Once

Varicella vaccine

A series of two shots to help prevent chickenpox

One series if not previously immunized or never had chickenpox


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