It’s flu vaccine season – and seniors need boosted shots – Orange County Register

BY LAURAN NEERGAARD | Associated Press

Doctors have a message for vaccine-weary Americans: Don’t skip your flu shot this fall — and seniors are asking for a special extra-strong kind.

After reaching historically low levels during the COVID-19 pandemic, the flu may be poised to make a comeback. The most important clue: A bad flu season has just come to an end in Australia.

While there’s no way to predict whether the US will be hit that hard, “last year we went into flu season not knowing if there was flu or not. This year we know the flu is back,” said influenza specialist Richard Webby of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.

Annual flu shots are recommended for babies as young as 6 months old. The flu is most dangerous for people aged 65 and older, young children, pregnant women and people with certain health conditions, including heart and lung diseases.

Here’s what you should know:


As people age, people’s immune systems become less responsive to the standard flu shot. This year, people over the age of 65 are being urged to get a special type for extra protection.

There are three options. Fluzone High-Dose and Flublok each contain higher doses of the key anti-flu ingredient. The other option is Fluad Adjuvanted, which has a regular dosage but contains a special ingredient that helps boost people’s immune responses.

Seniors can ask what kind their doctor carries. However, most flu shots are available from pharmacies, and some drugstore websites like CVS automatically direct people to locations that offer senior doses if their date of birth shows they qualify. It’s flu vaccine season – and seniors need boosted shots – Orange County Register

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