Health Tip: Getting Older and Weakened Immunity

How aging may affect your ability to stay healthy

Please note: This article was published more than one year ago. The facts and conclusions presented may have since changed and may no longer be accurate. And "More information" links may no longer work. Questions about personal health should always be referred to a physician or other health care professional.

(HealthDay News) - As you age, your body often isn't able to protect you against disease as effectively as when you were younger.

The U.S. National Library of Medicine lists these changes to the immune system that may occur as part of the aging process:

  • Decreased ability to protect against infection.
  • Decreased effectiveness and duration of vaccinations.
  • Increased risk of developing an autoimmune disease.
  • Decreased ability to heal from wounds and other injuries.
  • Decreased ability to detect and correct cell defects, which could raise the risk of certain cancers.

--

Last Updated: