December 7th to the 13th is National Flu Vaccination Week, which is particularly important for people above the age of 65. According to the CDC, 90 percent of all flu-related deaths occur in people over the age of 65 and between 50 and 60 percent of all flu-related hospitalizations occur in adults over the age of 65. This is due to the fact that the immune system weakens as you age, causing older adults to be more susceptible to the various influenza viruses. Symptoms of the flu can range anywhere from a high fever to aches and pains and even nausea and vomiting. Luckily, a flu vaccine will make you more resistant – read below to learn more about how to prevent the flu!
A vaccine is essentially a weaker form of the virus that you are trying to prevent, and is often created by a weakened or dead version of it. This allows the body to prepare antibodies, which are a part of your immune system designed to fight off diseases. These prepared antibodies allow your immune system to become more familiar with the disease it is encountering, which ultimately makes it easier to defeat!
Types of Vaccines
Flu vaccines are a great way to prepare your body for the upcoming flu season, which can start as early as October and last as late as May. There are multiple version of the flu vaccine, but the two most common are trivalent shots and quadrivalent shots. The trivalent shots ward off three different types of the influenza virus, while the quadrivalent shot is potent enough to halt four versions of the influenza virus.
If your senior loved one is curious about the multiple types of shots given, they can see them all here. Often times, seniors receive a higher dose of the trivalent shot due to the fact that old age weakens the immune systems. However, the CDC doesn’t declare that one type of shot is better than the other. They believe that any flu shot is better than no flu shot. Nonetheless, if you or your senior loved one still have questions regarding flu vaccines, it’s best to consult your primary physician.
Flu season is here, and it’s unfortunate that it coincides with the holiday season. It’s best to get your vaccinations early so your body can build up it’s immunity quicker. You don’t want a nasty flu bug ruining your holiday plans. Go out and celebrate National Flu Vaccination Week by heading to your doctor’s office or local pharmacy to get yours!
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