Annual Flu Shot

Flu season has hit early this year and is in full swing. Make sure you have had your flu
shot. This year’s flu shot is not as effective as previous years, but still better than no
vaccine. It should reduce the symptoms and severity of the flu if you are unfortunate to
become infected.

My patients that are 65 or older, please remember that you need a high dose flu shot.
As we age, our immune response becomes weaker which places older patients at
higher risk of severe illness. Aging also causes less of an immune response to the flu
shot, so we need a higher dose of antigen. Antigen is the part that causes the body to
produce antibodies. Antibodies fight off the virus.

We still have regular flu shots and the stronger flu shots available for patients over 65.
Don’t procrastinate!

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