It's that time of year again. The dreaded flu season. Influenza (also known as the flu) is a respiratory illness that can be severe and life threatening. Adults 65 years or older have a weaker immune system and produce fewer antibodies which makes it harder to fight diseases. Individuals with other health issues can be in trouble as those conditions can worsen as a result of the flu. One thing you can do to maintain your health is get a flu shot. It's important for older adults to know how serious this virus can be and the options that they have.
Flu shots are available at pharmacies, CVS and Rite Aid for example, retail stores, clinics, and many other places. Find somewhere that is close and convenient for you. It is best to get the flu shot by the end of October but they are still offered all the way till January and will still be effective.
There is a High Dose Flu Vaccine specifically for adults over the age of 65. It is made to help those with weak immune systems and will create more antibodies. This vaccine strengthens the body's response against the flu and it contains 4 times the amount of antigen compared to a regular flu shot.
Prevention starts with getting a flu shot. If you have questions ask your doctor or local pharmacy!