Seniors with a fear of getting the flu this winter still have plenty of options to get vaccinated, health officials with the Oklahoma City-County Health Department said. They encourage all seniors to get the flu shot.
Older adults have a higher risk for developing flu-related complications because they are more likely to have weakened immune systems, heart or lung disease, diabetes or cancer, conditions that make the flu dangerous and potentially deadly.
Ninety percent of flu-related deaths and more than half of flu-related hospitalizations occur in people 65 and older, said Ellen Pogemiller, director of the Oklahoma County Immunization Coalition.
Seniors have three options for vaccination: the trivalent flu vaccine, which helps protect against three strains of the flu virus; the quadrivalent flu vaccine, which helps protect against four strains; and the higher-dose flu shot designed specifically for people 65 and older.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not recommend one flu vaccine over another, Pogemiller said.
“The important thing is to get vaccinated, because it's still the best protection currently available against the flu,” she said.
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