On September 22, at 1 p.m. ET, The Alliance for Aging Research and the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) hosted a Twitter Chat on the importance of vaccines for older adults.
If you were not able to attend, we archived it at our Storify page, which you can access here.
Vaccine-preventable diseases cause significant illness, hospitalization, pain, disability, and death in the United States, particularly when it comes to older adults. Yet, vaccination rates in older adults aren’t where they need to be.
This Twitter chat will center 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.
Follow along as these leading experts and organizations answer important question on vaccination in older adults:
- Dr. Nancy Messonnier, Director, NCIRD, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (@CDCgov)
- Donna Butts, Executive Director, Generations United (@GensUnited)
- WomenHeart (@WomenHeartOrg)
- Sue Peschin, MHS, President & CEO, Alliance for Aging Research (Aging_Research)
- Sandy Markwood, CEO, National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) (@n4aACTION)
Questions will include:
- Q1: How do vaccines work?
- Q2: Are vaccine-preventable diseases in older adults really that serious?
- Q3: What are the vaccines recommended for older adults?
- Q4: If you get all the recommended vaccines as a child or younger adult, why do you still need vaccines as you age?
- Q5: Is it true that you can still get the disease even if you get the vaccine?
- Q6: What are adjuvants and are they safe?
- Q7: If you have a heart or lung condition, is it still safe for you to get vaccines?
- Q8: What are the main misconceptions about vaccines, and what does the science say?
- Q9: How can older adults be leaders in their family’s vaccine health?
- Q10: Where can you learn more about vaccines?
- Q11: Where can you get the vaccines you need?
- Q12: What role can you or your organization play in raising awareness about adult immunization?