Flu Vaccines and Seniors

October 24, 2013

This time of year many people ask if they should get a flu vaccine. If you're a senior, it could actually save your life! Researchers studied data from more than seventy thousand people each flu season. They found seniors who got the flu vaccine cut their risk of dying from the illness in half! It also reduced their risk of hospitalization from pneumonia and the flu by 27 percent. Thirty-six thousand people die each year in the United States from the flu, and most of them are elderly. Only 65 percent of people over age 64 get a flu shot each year. If you're not sure where to get a flu vaccine, ask your health provider!

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