Vaccines for Seniors
Many seniors (65+ years old) do not get vaccinated, even though they are at higher risk for disease complications.
Getting vaccinated will help you protect yourself, your family and friends.
- Adults are 100 times more likely to die from vaccine preventable diseases than children.
- Approximately 50,000 adults die each year from vaccine preventable diseases.
- Forty-nine percent of the people who develop tetanus are over 60 years of age.
- Each year 40,000 people die from flu and pneumonia; 90 percent of them are over 65 years of age.
- One million adults get shingles (herpes zoster) every year.
- There are 51,000 new cases of hepatitis B a year; 95 percent of new cases are adults.
- Each year 15 percent of the people with hepatitis A are hospitalized.
- The cost of treating adults for vaccine preventable diseases exceeds 10 billion a year excluding the cost of life.
Visit the Immunization Clinic Locations webpage for a list of public health centers and satellite immunization clinics. Certain vaccines may not be available at all public health centers and satellite clinics. Call (702) 759-0850 for more information.
Vaccine costs vary based on the type of immunization required. In addition to the vaccine costs, the health district charges an administration fee of $20 per person for one vaccine and $8 for each additional vaccine.
Payment by Visa, MasterCard, cash, debit card, money order, cashier’s check, Anthem Networks, Culinary Insurance, Cigna, Health Plan of Nevada/Sierra Health and Life, Retiree’s Health Trust, Teacher’s Health Trust, Nevada Check-up, Medicaid, and Medicare Part B & D, and Medicare Railroad is accepted. Not all vaccines are covered by insurance.
Note: The credit card holder’s name must match the name on the acceptable photo identification presented. Visit the Accepted Methods of Payment webpage for details on payments and our ID policy.
Recommended Vaccines for Seniors
Shingles vaccince (Shingrix) — vaccine is recommended for people 50 years and older. Shingrix is recommended for people previously vaccinated with Zostavax.
Influenza— An annual flu vaccine is recommended for everyone over 65 years of age.
Pneumococcal vaccines — One dose of Prevnar 13 followed by Pneumovax 23 a year later for 65 years old.
Td/Tdap (Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis) — You should receive the Td/Tdap vaccination if:
- It has been more than ten years since your last Td/Tdap vaccination.
- It has been over five years since your last vaccination and you’ve sustained a wound that is other than clean and minor.
- You should receive a dose of Tdap if you anticipate having close contact with an infant younger than twelve months of age and have not received any dose of Tdap
- Tdap is one time dose; thereafter routine Td booster every ten years
Vaccine Information Sheets
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers a number of vaccine information sheets providing details of the vaccines required to be administered. Download vaccine information sheets on the VIS webpage.
Visit www.vaccines.gov for more information about immunizations for seniors.
The health district supports strategies that are designed to strengthen and sustain public health and improve the health of communities through immunization programs. Download the Immunization Program Policy Statement to learn more.
Updated on: November 26, 2018