Vaccines for the elderly
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.