The flu is a scary illness for many older adults. People over the age of 65 are at higher risk for serious illness and complications than any other group. A vast majority of people who die from the flu each year - about 90% - are over the age of 65.
There are precautions that older adults can take to protect themselves from the flu.
- Know how it will affect you. The older we get, the weaker our immune systems become so getting the flu at an older age is not the same as it is for younger people. Find out what to expect when an older adult gets the flu.
- Get your flu vaccine. Adults over 65 can get the traditional flu shot or a newer high dose flu shot that is designed to increase the body's immune response to improve the efficacy of the vaccine.
- Take everyday precautions to protect yourself. Wash your hands frequently, avoid people who are sick and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
- Get the facts, don't believe the myths. Flu Shots and Alzheimer's Disease.
- See why you should get a flu shot even if you are younger - all adults over 50 should be vaccinated every year.
Get the facts about the flu vaccine and make an educated decision about how to protect yourself, especially if you or a loved one are over 65 years old.