According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), seniors or those aged 65 and above are at greater risk for contracting the flu and all the complications that come with it. The severity of developing the flu when you belong to this age group is not to be taken lightly — 70-85% of flu-related deaths occur within this demographic.
To help safeguard against the flu, it is recommended that seniors get their flu shots every year. September and October are ideal months for seniors to get their flu shots. Because immunity decreases much faster among older adults, it is best not to get vaccinated early in the year.
Getting your flu shot annually is also recommended because the vaccine is always updated to address whatever current strain is going around. You will be considered immune post-vaccination after around two weeks.
Want to learn more about tips for boosting your health and wellness alongside getting your flu shot? Have a look at some of our previous articles. Check out Senior Strong today for all the latest health news and trends in the elderly population!
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.