Due to the weakening of the immune system, people 65 years and older are at high risk of getting seriously ill from the flu.

During most flu seasons, adults 65 years and older experience the greatest burden of severe flu and complications. Between about 70 and 85 percent of flu-related deaths in the United States occur among people 65 years and older. And people 65 and older account for between about 50 and 70 percent of the flu-related hospitalizations.

Vaccination is highly effective in preventing flu and its potential complications.

Flu vaccination has been shown to reduce flu illness and serious complications that can result in hospitalizations or even death in older people. A 2017 study showed that flu vaccination reduced deaths, intensive care unit admissions and overall duration of hospitalization for patients 65 years and older.

Take control of your health. Get a flu shot this winter. For more information about the flu or the vaccine, contact your primary care physician.

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