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The flu is a contagious illness that can be severe and life-threatening, especially for older adults.

Did you know ... ?

  • 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.
  • The immune system weakens with age, which makes it harder to fight disease. As a result, adults 65 years of age and older are more likely to catch the flu and experience complications. That’s why the flu shot is important for this age group.
  • The flu can make existing health problems worse and is especially dangerous for people with chronic conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease and COPD, which commonly affect older adults. People with these conditions are more likely to develop complications from the flu that can result in hospitalization and even death.
  • 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 six months of age and older, with rare exception.
  • Older adults have flu vaccine options — including the traditional, standard-dose flu vaccine and a higher-dose vaccine. The higher-dose vaccine was made specifically for people 65 years of age and older to address the age-related decline of the immune system.

Click here for infographics about the flu.

Download the Flu + You Fact Sheet to learn more facts about the flu and the importance of vaccination.

Download the Flu + You Frequently Asked Questions to read about commonly asked questions and answers.


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