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Highlighting Grandparents Day and the Importance of Vaccines

September 9, 2016   |   Alliance for Aging Research Team   |   Prevention, Infectious Disease, Vaccination (Health Education), Vaccination (Policy)
Grandfather walking hand in hand with young boy.

This Sunday is Grandparents Day, and we’re celebrating the special place grandparents hold in the lives of their loved ones.

To recognize this day, Generations United has launched a campaign that encourages people to Do Something Grand for Grandparents Day. You can follow the campaign on social media using the hashtag #DoSomethingGrand.

Grandparents Day is also a time to reflect on how much influence grandparents have on the lives of those close to them. One of the ways older adults can positively influence their loved ones is by informing them of the importance of vaccines.

There’s a common misconception that vaccines are mainly just for children, but adults also need to remain up-to-date with their vaccinations to protect their health and the health of those around them.

Every year thousands of people are hospitalized or even die from vaccine-preventable diseases. And millions more are unable to spend time with their families, go to work, or tend to other important responsibilities.

To highlight the importance of vaccines for older adults, we’re hosting a Twitter chat with the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a). The chat will focus on why older adults should get vaccinated every year, the dangers of not doing so, and a variety of advice on recommended vaccine schedules, Medicare’s coverage of vaccines, and where to get vaccinated.

Join us on September 22 at 1 p.m. EST to follow the conversation at #OurBestShot and @Aging_Research. You can also find more info here.

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