Vaccines for the elderly

M. Sibanda, J. C. Meyer*, K. J. Mahlaba, R. J. Burnett

*Corresponding author for this work

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-52
Number of pages6
JournalSA Pharmaceutical Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2020


  • Diphtheria
  • Elderly
  • Herpes zoster
  • Influenza
  • Pertussis
  • Pneumococcal disease
  • Tetanus
  • Vaccination


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