Importance of Flu Shots for the Elderly

Posted by McKenna Burr on Oct 9, 2015

In Healthy Living, Main

The Importance of Flu ShotsImportance of Flu Shots for Seniors

We are fast approaching flu season which means the time has come to get you and your loved one flu shots. Flu shots are especially important for the elderly because they are at a greater risk of serious complications from the flu. Senior's immune defenses has become weaker with age so if they can avoid getting the flu then the shot will help.

Flu vaccination can help keep you from getting sick from the flu. Protecting yourself from the flu also helps protect the people around you who are more vulnerable to serious flu illness. By getting a flu shot, it can also make your illness not as severe which can avoid serious flu outcomes, like hospitalizations and deaths. Flu vaccines are usually updated to keep up with changing viruses and also immunity wanes over a year so annual vaccination is needed to ensure the best possible protection against influenza.

People 65 years and older have two flu shots available to choose from - a regular dose flu vaccine and a newer flu vaccine designed specifically for people 65 and older with a higher dose. In the past, it has been said that between 80 percent and 90 percent of seasonal flu-related deaths have occurred in people 65 years and older. Around 50 percent and 70 percent of seasonal flu-related hospitalizations have occurred among people in that age group. So influenza is often quite serious for people 65 and older.

It is recommended to get your flu shot before October but the peak of flu season is in January and February. During this season, remember the basics to wash your hands regularly, cover your cough and try to avoid those that are sick. Make sure to pay attention to your body and look for any symptoms such as, fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people may also have vomiting and diarrhea. People may be infected with the flu and have respiratory symptoms without a fever.

As you can see, there are many benefits when getting a flu shot. Now is the time so go to your local Target, Walgreens or Doctors office to get this shot done and help avoid the flu. To find local locations around you, click here.

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