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Senior Times - September 2018 Page 13used to replace one of the Td booster doses.Pneumococcal disease is caused by bacte- ria, which can lead to serious infections in the lungs, blood, and brain. People sometimes call pneumococcal disease “pneumonia.” You can catch the pneumococcal bacteria from people who cough or sneeze around you. You are at greater risk for infection if you are 65 or older, very young, have a weakened immune system, or have heart or lung disease. You can protect yourself against the serious types of blood and brain infec- tions by getting vaccinated.The first pneumococcal vaccine that older adults should receive is the pneumococcal con- jugate vaccine or PCV13. The vaccine protects against 13 different strains of pneumococcal bac- teria. The vaccine is currently recommended for all adults 65 year of age or older. Adults that are younger than 65, may need to receive this vaccine if they have weakened immune system from med- ications or certain health conditions.The second vaccine for protection against pneumococcal disease is pneumococcal polysac- charide vaccine or PPSV23. This is the vaccine that we have been using for years to protect older adults from pneumococcal disease. This particular vaccine provides protection against 23 strains of pneumococcal bacteria.The current pneumococcal vaccine is rec- ommended to all adults 65 years of age and older. In most cases you will only need one vac- cination in your lifetime.With the addition of PCV13 vaccine in the adult immunization recommendations, some folks may need to catch up in order to be current in their vaccine coverage. As we heard previously, how long you may need to wait to receive each one of the vaccines can be as long as a year. With this new schedule, it can be rather confusing on when is the right time to get each vaccine.Shingles is a painful disease caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. It is also called zoster. Shingles usually includes a painful rash with blisters that can occur in a patch or a streak anywhere on your body, even the face andeyes. The main symptom of shingles is severe pain. Some will have severe pain that can contin- ue even long after their rash clears up. It estimated that 30% of people who have been infected with chicken pox will develop shingles/zoster.Although some medicines can help treat the symptoms of shingles, there is no cure. The best way to prevent shingles and its serious complica- tions is to get vaccinated.You should get the shingles shot if you are age 50 years or older, even if you’ve already had shingles. It is possible to get the disease more than once.The vaccine available today on the market is called Shingrix. Shingrix, approved by the FDA in 2017, is a new safe and effective non-live vac- cine to prevent shingles. Patients over 50 years who receive two doses of Shingrix separated by 2-6 months have over a 90% reduction in riskof developing shingles. In comparison, the live Zostavax vaccine is about 51% effective at pre- venting shingles. CDC recommends Shingrix as preferred over Zostavax, however Zostavax can still be used in certain cases.Everyone should have a copy of their immu- nization records readily available with thisimportant information. If you are unable to locate your immunization records, you can work with your pharmacist to complete an Immunization Assessment. Then you and your pharmacist can work with your doctor to identify the immuniza- tions that are appropriate for you. Based on what you need, your pharmacist may be able to provide the immunization you need on that day.It may be helpful for you to know that the cost of many of the immunizations we talked about today are a covered benefit under your health plans.• Tdap (for Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis)and Shingrix (for Shingles) is a covered benefitunder the Medicare Part D, drug program.• The influenza (flu) and pneumococcal (pneu-monia) vaccines are covered under the MedicarePart B program.• For those of you that may not have Medicarecoverage, many of the vaccines that we talked about today may be covered under your medical or pharmacy benefits.Talk with your pharmacist to learn about what might be the best way to utilize these benefits to make your immunizations affordable to you.Seniors should continue to be an exampleof good health. Adults need to continue to keep their immunizations up to date. Being immu- nized against preventable diseases does notstop at childhood. Important immunizationsfor adults against vaccine preventable diseases include: Influenza Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis Pneumococcal, and Shingles. To help you to determine what you need, ask your pharmacist or doctor which vaccines they would recommend for you.In addition to immunizations, your local Walgreens pharmacist is always available to help you decide what vaccine you might need. Our pharmacists are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to answer your questions either in person or on our website.Walgreens’ Balance Rewards for healthy choic- esTM program is just one tool to help you make healthy choices by rewarding you for tracking your blood pressure, exercise, weight, sleep and more. ~ Be well, stay well!GivingCaregiversPeace of MindMarian E. Burch Adult Day Care CenterProviding support Monday-Friday, 7am-4:30pm so you can keep your loved one in their own home environment as long as possible.• Care Conference meetings with Caregivers to discuss loved ones’ progress.• Transportation, Nutritious Meal, and snacks.• Variety of daily cognitive and physical activities, including music, art, and community out- ings.• Full-time nurse providing medication management and medical monitoring. Our nurse works closely with your primary care physician.• Full-time Certified Nurse Aides providing personal care including whirlpool baths, shaving and per- sonal care.• Pre-arranged Overnight Respite• Restorative Therapy available.• Full-service beauty shop and podiatry services available.• Serving adults 18 years and older Monday - Friday, 7am-4:30-pm• Financial assistance available to those who qualify.Marian E. Burch is a department of Calhoun County Medical Care Facility since 1983.1150 E. Michigan Avenue, Battle Creek, MI 49014 (269) 962-1750 www.ccmcf.comBetter Jobs and Education Affordable Healthcare Trusted LeadershipPaid for by the Committee to Elect Jim Haadsma, 146 S. Lincoln Blvd., Battle Creek, MI 49015

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