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Flu Shot: Lee Majors is on a Mission!

submitted September 02, 2013 by Matthew Ellis   |   comments

You'll probably watch this a hundred times this week (I know I have). Once you're ready to move on and actually help Lee Majors in his mission, visit the National Council on Aging

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Flu Tips from Lee Majors:

People 65 and older should not wait for flu season to start to get their annual flu shot.
Get vaccinated as soon as possible when vaccine is available because the body’s immune system and its ability to fight illness decreases with age, meaning older adults are more vulnerable to the flu and its related complications.

There are a few vaccine options available, and some have been developed for specific stages of life.
In addition to the traditional flu vaccine (which helps protect against three strains of the flu virus), there is a quadrivalent vaccine (which helps protect against four strains), and a higher dose vaccine that is designed specifically for adults aged 65 and older. By improving the production of antibodies in older patients, the higher dose vaccine can provide a stronger immune response to influenza than traditional vaccines.

The flu can be easily passed from person to person, so it’s important that those who spend time with older adults, such as family and caregivers, also get vaccinated.
An annual flu shot is a Medicare Part B benefit. This means that the vaccine is covered with no copay for Medicare beneficiaries 65 years of age and older. Talk to your health care provider today about the dangers of the flu, the benefits of annual immunization to help protect against the flu, and the best flu vaccine option to meet your needs.

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

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