You're never too old for some vaccines

Think adults don't need vaccinations? Guess again. Even healthy older adults are at increased risk for serious infectious diseases, because the body's immune system naturally weakens with age. Vaccines work by teaching the body's immune system to recognize and defend against harmful viruses or bacteria before getting an infection, and reduce the chance of getting certain infectious diseases. An estimated 40,000 to 50,000 adults in the United States die from vaccine-preventable diseases or their complications each year.

During August's National Immunization Awareness Month, the American Lung Association reminds adults that vaccine recommendations from the Centers for Disease...