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Influenza, more commonly known as the Flu, is a disease that can easily infect anyone at any age. The Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention (CDC) defines flu as a “contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses.”
 
The CDC has published an article to help seniors 65 years old and above to avoid serious complications from the flu, especially during flu season or during fall and winter. This month we give emphasis to the impact immunization has made and the flu shot is a highly recommended way to keep from the dangers of having the flu. The CDC among other leading medical institutions suggests that you get the shot appropriate to your age range to stay optimally protected.
 
There are two flu vaccines distinctly formulated for the health of seniors: First is the High Dose Vaccine and second, the Adjuvanted Flu Vaccine. The High Dose Vaccine has been approved in the United States since 2009. It has 4 times more antigen than a regular flu shot, which is linked to stronger immunity for people in advanced age. The Adjuvanted Flu Vaccine, Fluad, is created with MF59 adjuvant to help create a stronger immune response. Unlike the High Dose Vaccine, it has been introduced just recently during the 2016-2017 season.
 
CDC warns that there are mild side effects to the senior flu shots such as pain, swelling and malaise. They also advise against nasal spray flu vaccine, intrademal flu shot or jet injector flu vaccine for people 65 years old and above.
 
Please consult your doctor beforehand and see which flu shot, if any, is right for you.
 
Find more information about the flu and the vaccine against it at the CDC’s website here.
 
Sources:
“About Flu.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/index.html
“What You Should Know and Do this Flue Season If You Are 65 Years and Older.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.   https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/disease/65over.htm

 

 

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