Recommended Items to Bring On Visits:

  • Medical records, including immunization records
  • A detailed family health history
  • A full list of medications and supplements, including calcium and vitamins, and how often and how much of each they take
  • A full list of current providers and suppliers involved in their care, including community-based providers (for example, personal care, adult day care, and home-delivered meals) and behavioral health specialists

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Pneumococcal Vaccine Recommendations for Older Adults

There are two vaccines that help prevent pneumococcal disease among adults 65 years or older. Both vaccines are safe and effective, but they cannot be given at the same time.

Pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV23)

CDC recommends all adults 65 years or older get a shot of PPSV23.

Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13)

CDC recommends adults 65 years or older get a shot of PCV13 if they have never received a dose and have a:

  • Condition that weakens the immune system
  • Cerebrospinal fluid leak
  • Cochlear implant

Older adults who have never received a dose and do not have one of the conditions described above may also discuss vaccination with their vaccine provider to decide if PCV13 is appropriate for them.

If you are recommended to or want to receive both vaccines:

  • Get PCV13 first. Talk to your doctor about when to come back to get PPSV23.
  • If you’ve already received PPSV23, wait at least a year after that shot before you get PCV13.

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