Protect yourself, protect your family: Get your immunizations.

The global pandemic has tragically underscored how connected we all are and how quickly a disease can sweep through our communities. With winter quickly approaching, we all need to make sure that we are doing what we can to protect ourselves, our families, and our communities.

That doesn’t just mean wearing a mask and trying to social distance – it also means getting a flu shot and other immunizations. This year, it’s more important than ever to ensure the best protections are in place. The following advice from the state Department of Aging should help.

Secretary of Aging Robert Torres advises that it is especially important for older adults to keep their vaccinations up to date, because immunity from the vaccines can wear off as they age, leaving them especially vulnerable. 

There are several standard vaccines recommended for most older adults:

·        Seasonal flu (influenza)

·        Pneumonia (pneumococcal)

·        Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Tdap or Td)

·        Shingles (zoster)

In some cases, additional vaccines might be recommended for seniors with specific health conditions. It’s best to consult a health care provider on which vaccines are recommended.

Additional information on immunization is available on the Department of Aging website at www.aging.pa.gov. Simply click on the magnifying glass icon at the top right of the page and then type “immunizations” into the search bar.

Finally, one other quick word: I want to thank each and every person in our community for the opportunity to represent you in Harrisburg. It truly has been an honor, and I wish all of you the best!

Please, be well, be safe,

Adam Ravenstahl

State Rep. Adam Ravenstahl represents the 20th Legislative District in Allegheny County

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