The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recommends everyone 6 months of age and older get vaccinated against the influenza virus.
Spanish Hills Medical Group agrees and provides the influenza vaccine to all patients.
WHY GET VACCINATED?
Getting an annual flu vaccine is the first and best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu. Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations. The more people who get vaccinated, the more people will be protected from flu, including older people, very young children, pregnant women and people with certain health conditions who are more vulnerable to serious flu complications.
For the best protection, everyone six months and older should get vaccinated annually. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against influenza virus infection. In the meantime, you are still at risk for getting the flu.
What is Fluzone High-Dose influenza vaccine?
Fluzone High-Dose is an influenza vaccine, designed specifically for people 65 years and older.
Why is a higher dose vaccine available for adults 65 and older?
Human immune defenses become weaker with age, which places older people at greater risk of severe illness from influenza. Also, ageing decreases the body's ability to have a good immune response after getting influenza vaccine. A higher dose of antigen in the vaccine is supposed to give older people a better immune response, and therefore, better protection against flu.
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