What You Should Know and Do this Flu Season If You Are 65 Years and Older:

September 26, 2013

It has been recognized for many years that people 65 years and older are at greater risk of serious complications from the flu compared with young, healthy adults. It's estimated that 90 percent of seasonal flu-related deaths and more than 60 percent of seasonal flu-related hospitalizations in the United States each year occur in people 65 years and older. This is because human immune defenses become weaker with age. So influenza can be a very serious disease for people 65 and older.

Actions to take:

  1. Get your flu shot

  2. Practice good health habits

  3. Seek medical advice quickly if you develop flu symptoms

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