Seniors & The Flu Shot
Older people are among those at greatest risk for flu complications, like pneumonia. Americans older than 65 have been hard-hit during the current, rough flu season: Late last month, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that 98 of every 100,000 seniors were hospitalized with the flu for the week ending Jan. 19.
What does this mean for senior health, particularly as it relates to flu shots?
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So older adults should keep getting vaccinated every year, according to Nicholas Kelley, a research associate with the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, in Minneapolis.
“Getting the flu shot is safe, and it’s better than doing nothing,” said Kelley, who was not involved in the new study. “It’s still the best weapon we’ve got.”