Fall Back into Healthy Habits

Posted:September 22, 2017

It’s the official first day of Autumn and we all know what that means: flu season is right around the corner! It is important to put your health first by getting your annual flu shot. The CDC recommends that anyone the age of 6 months and older get a flu shot before the end of October.

Vaccination is especially important for people 65 years and older because they are at high risk for complications from flu. Flu vaccines are often updated each season to keep up with changing viruses and also immunity wanes over a year so annual vaccination is needed to ensure the best possible protection against influenza. 

The CDC describes two different types of Flu Vaccines for those who are 65 years and older:

  • The “high dose vaccine” is designed specifically for people 65 and older and contains 4 times the amount of antigen as the regular flu shot. It is associated with a stronger immune response following vaccination (higher antibody production).
  • The adjuvanted flu vaccine, Fluad, is made with MF59 adjuvant which is designed to help create a stronger immune response to vaccination.

To read more about these specific vaccines please visit here.

Other important health habits to keep up on are washing your hands, covering your coughs and avoiding other people who have developed a sickness. Since elders who are 65 years of age and older are more prone to developing flu symptoms, it is important to seek medical attention immediately. Do not let your symptoms worsen, especially past two days.