What Flu Shot Should Seniors Get?

Studies show that due to immune changes, seniors aged 65 and above are at greater risk for developing complications from the flu. There are two types of flu shots recommended and advised for this age group: high-dose flu vaccines and adjuvanted flu vaccines.

High-dose flu vaccines have four times the amount of antigens that are contained in your average flu shot. Adjuvanted flu vaccines, on the other hand, contain MF59 adjuvant, which creates stronger immune responses. Both of these shots decrease the likelihood of contracting flu-related illnesses in seniors by a significant percentage. 

It is also advised that seniors get their flu shots between September and October as it is better for their demographic not to get vaccinated too early in the year. 

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the recommended flu shot for seniors?

The high-dose flu vaccine and the adjuvanted flu vaccine are both specifically designed for people aged 65 and older.

What's the difference between the regular flu shot and the senior flu shot?

The senior flu shots (high-dose or adjuvanted) contain four times the antigen or an additive to create a stronger immune response, providing better protection for older individuals.

Can seniors get the regular flu shot instead of the high-dose or adjuvanted versions?

Yes, they can. However, the high-dose or adjuvanted versions are recommended as they are designed to provide better protection in seniors.

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William Rivers is an editor with a master’s degree in Human Services Counseling at Maine State University. He has more than 20 years of experience working in the senior healthcare industry.
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