076 Flu Shots for Older Adults: What to Know in 2018

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In This Episode:

Dr. K explains what all older adults and family caregivers should know about annual vaccination against influenza. She also reports on the statistics from last year’s flu season. This episode covers:

  • What is influenza, and how many people are affected every year
  • Why older adults are at higher risk of harm from the flu
  • How the vaccine works
  • The two key ways you can protect yourself from the flu
  • How pneumococcal vaccination helps protect against flu complications
  • What to know about flu shots designed for older adults
  • Which influenza vaccine she thinks is best for most older adults
  • What to do if your older relative is unable or unwilling to get vaccinated
  • What to know about the intranasal flu vaccine available for people age 2-49

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