Ages 65 Years and Older: Immunizations

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




What and Why




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)




Pneumococcal vaccine


A shot to help prevent pneumonia




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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