The National Council on Aging and Sanofi Pasteur recently surveyed more than 1,000 Americans 65 years of age and older about the flu and flu prevention. Their responses show that many seniors surveyed underestimate the seriousness of the flu and are largely unaware of their vaccine options.
The survey found that:
- Only 8% of older adults surveyed are concerned about getting the flu
- Only 13% are extremely confident in their knowledge of possible flu complications
- 30% are unaware that someone with chronic health conditions like heart disease or diabetes would be at risk for complications from the flu
- 62% got a flu vaccination in the past because their physician recommended it
While flu hits older adults the hardest, many underestimate the seriousness of the flu. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the single best way to help prevent the flu is to get an annual vaccination, which is recommended for everyone aged six months of age and older, with rare exception. Adults 65 years of age and older have flu vaccine options designed for their age group. A higher-dose vaccine was developed specifically to address the age-related weakening of the immune system.
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