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Adults Age 65 and Older & Influenza (Flu)

	Shots Aren’t Just For KidsIt has been recognized for many years that people 65 years and older are at greater risk of serious complications from the flu compared with young, healthy adults because human immune defenses become weaker with age. While flu seasons can vary in severity, during most seasons, people 65 years and older bear the greatest burden of severe flu disease. 

In recent years, for example, CDC estimates that people 65 years and older have accounted for between about 60 to 80 percent of seasonal flu-related deaths and 40 to 75 percent of seasonal flu-related hospitalizations. So influenza is often quite serious for people 65 and older.

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