Health care providers caring for older adults have an important role in ensuring their patients know they are at high risk of complications if they get the flu. Getting vaccinated annually is the best way to prevent flu. Talk to your patients about flu and what flu vaccines are available for them this season.
People 65 years and older can get any injectable vaccine (flu shot) that is approved for use in that age group, with no preferential recommendation for any licensed, recommended vaccine.
There are two influenza vaccines designed specifically for people 65 and older:
- The “high dose flu vaccine,” Fluzone High Dose®, contains 4 times the amount of antigen as regular flu shots. It is associated with a stronger immune response following vaccination (higher antibody production).
- The adjuvant vaccine, Fluad®, is a standard dose flu vaccine with an added adjuvant. An adjuvant is an ingredient added to a vaccine to help create a stronger immune response to vaccination.
More information about available flu vaccines for the 2017-18 season can be found here.
December 3-9 – National Influenza Vaccination Week