Adults Age 65 and Older & Influenza (Flu)
It 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.
The Flu Shot Is the Best Protection Against Flu
What Flu Vaccine Are Recommended for Adults Age 65 and Older?
Where Can I Get a Flu Vaccine?
Everyday Steps to Prevent the Flu
When to Seek Emergency Medical Care
- Influenza vaccination of health care providers in long-term care: Letter from the Assistant Secretary for Health[121 KB, 2 pages]
- People at High Risk of Developing Flu–Related Complications
- CDC Healthy Aging Website
- Treating Influenza (Flu)[927 KB, 2 pages, 8 ½" x 11"]
- Influenza and Pneumonia Vaccination in Older Adults
- NEJM: Efficacy of High-Dose versus Standard-Dose Influenza Vaccine in Older Adults
- Page last reviewed: August 25, 2016
- Page last updated: November 18, 2016
- Content source:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD)
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