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


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By Leslie Kernisan, MD MPH, Leslie Kernisan, and MD MPH. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.

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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