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.
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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.