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The purpose is to educate older adults and their caregivers about the following:
- The seriousness of influenza
- The importance of prevention
- The available vaccine options
Is influenza really a problem?
[Note: This post does not offer medical advice. Its purpose is to raise awareness. Consult a licensed medical professional to learn more about safeguarding your health against flu.]
Last year (the 2014-2015 flu season) recorded the highest hospitalization rates among people 65 + in recent history. (Flu + You Fact Sheet)
Award-winning actress Judith Light (b. 1949) briefly explains some of the key points:
Flu + You has collected a number of facts to help illustrate the importance of influenza vaccination.
The Seriousness of Influenza
- Symptoms of the flu often include high fever, headache, tiredness, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, and body aches.
- Each year in the US, more than half (50-60%) of flu-related hospitalizations and almost all (90%) of flu-related deaths occur in people 65+.
- Flu vaccinations prevent hospitalizations! It is estimated that during the 2013-2014 flu season, nearly 50,000 hospitalizations were averted due to vaccinations in those 65+.
- Many older adults have increased risk of complications due to weak immunity systems due to age or chronic health conditions such as heart disease and diabetes.
The Available Vaccine Options
- Flu vaccination is a Medicare benefit with no copay. Both vaccine options (nasal and regular shot) are widely available at a doctor's office of a local pharmacy.
- Older adults have flu vaccine options – including the regular flu shot and a higher-dose vaccine developed specifically to address the age-related weakening of the immune system.
Talk to your primary care physician about getting a flu shot early in the flu season, particularly if you have a chronic health disease or if you are over 65.
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