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Influenza, or the flu, is a serious and potentially life-threatening disease, especially in adults 65 years of age and older.

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  • The flu is easily passed from person to person through coughing, sneezing, or through contact with fluids from an infected person’s mouth or nose.

  • No matter how healthy or youthful we feel or appear, as we age, our immune system typically weakens and our ability to fight illness decreases. As a result, older adults are more vulnerable to the flu and its related complications, making influenza vaccination extremely important.

  • The flu is especially dangerous for people with certain conditions that commonly affect older adults, including heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes, as it can worsen these conditions.

  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the single best way to prevent the flu is to get an annual vaccination, which is recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older.

  • Adults aged 65 and older have different flu vaccine options, including a higher dose vaccine designed specifically for adults 65 years of age and older. The higher dose vaccine is designed to address the age-related decline of the immune system.

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Flu + You is an educational program from NCOA and Sanofi Pasteur.