October 19, 2012

Senior Medical - Flu ShotIt’s October. In addition to changing leaves, crisp air and Jack O’ Lanterns, the month also ushers in something else: flu season. It is imperative for just about everyone to get a flu shot, but seniors are especially susceptible to the flu. All seniors should get the flu vaccine. People over 65 have weakened immune systems, meaning that the flu can be deadly. In fact, ninety percent of flu-related deaths and more than half of flu-related hospitalizations occur in people age 65 and older.

At Bethany Village, each resident is provided an opportunity to receive a free flu shot. For non-Bethany residents, Medicare covers one flu vaccine each flu season.

There are three options for vaccination – a regular dose flu shot, an intradermal shot and a higher dose shot designed for people over 65. All the vaccines protect against three flu viruses.

Get a vaccine now, as it can take up two weeks for antibodies to build up enough in your body to ward off the virus.

In addition to getting a flu shot, simple things like washing your hands often, covering coughs and avoiding people who are sick can all help you avoid the flu.

 

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