Vaccines for the elderly

  • M Sibanda Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
  • J C Meyer Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
  • K J Mahlaba Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
  • R J Burnett Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
Keywords: elderly, influenza, pneumococcal disease, herpes zoster, tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, vaccination

Abstract

The size of the elderly population is increasing due to improved living standards and medical advancements. The elderly are typically vulnerable to infectious diseases, making them a particularly important target population for vaccination. In many countries, four vaccines are recommended for the elderly: influenza vaccine, pneumococcal vaccine, herpes zoster vaccine, and a vaccine combining tetanus toxoid, reduced diphtheria toxoid, and acellular pertussis. This review briefly summarises the most recent relevant data regarding vaccination of the elderly.

Author Biographies

M Sibanda, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University

School of Pharmacy, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, and South African Vaccination and Immunisation Centre, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, South Africa

J C Meyer, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University

School of Pharmacy, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, and South African Vaccination and Immunisation Centre, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, South Africa

K J Mahlaba, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University

School of Pharmacy, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University and South African Vaccination and Immunisation Centre, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, South Africa

R J Burnett, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University

South African Vaccination and Immunisation Centre, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University and Department of Virology, School of Medicine, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, South Africa

Published
2020-07-08
Section
Reviews