Dec 08, 2015 - 08:26 AM
Older people are more at risk for complications from the flu than younger people are, which is why it’s important to protect them from it. Scientific studies of the influenza (flu) vaccines have shown that they can be very effective in decreasing both hospitalization for influenza, and also death from the influenza virus.
Shingles is a very painful condition brought about by the re-activation of the varicella virus, which is present in the body of anyone who has already had the chicken pox. Besides being extremely painful, shingles can cause vision loss, neurological problems and skin infections among other complications.
Finally, MMR protects people against measles, mumps and rubella. Ensuring that everyone is properly protected against these diseases is a public health issue, and like shingles and the flu, they can cause serious complications and even death in compromised populations such as the elderly, who often have weakened immune systems and other existing conditions.