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New Flu Vaccines Are Made Especially for People 65 or Older

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INFLUENZA-SEASON CAN CONTINUE THROUGH THE END OF MARCH--WITH VIRUSES STILL ACTIVE AS LATE AS MAY.  THIS MEANS ANYONE WHO HASN'T YET BEEN IMMUNIZED SHOULD GET A FLU-SHOT--AS SOON AS POSSIBLE--AT A LOCAL PHARMACY--WHERE NO APPOINTMENT IS NEEDED--OR AT THEIR HEALTHCARE-PROVIDER.  THAT'S ACCORDING TO DOCTOR WILLIAM SCHAFFNER [AS IN "SHAFT"]--OF "VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY"--WHO ADDS, THIS IS ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT FOR OLDER AMERICANS.  SPECIFICALLY, MORE THAN NINE-IN-10 OF THE HOSPITALIZATIONS THIS FLU-SEASON ARE AMONG THOSE 65 OR OLDER.  YET, LESS THAN TWO-THIRDS GET VACCINATED, IN A TYPICAL SEASON.  OLDER PERSONS ARE AT PARTICULAR RISK--DUE TO THE AGE-RELATED DECLINE OF THE IMMUNE-SYSTEM--WHICH MAKES THEM MORE VULNERABLE FOR FLU-RELATED HOSPITALIZATIONS, OR EVEN DEATH.  WHAT'S DIFFERENT ABOUT FLU-VACCINES THIS YEAR?  DOCTOR SCHAFFNER SAYS THERE ARE NEW-GENERATION VACCINES MADE ESPECIALLY FOR PEOPLE 65 OR OLDER: THE ADJUVANTED VACCINE, AND THE HIGH-DOSE OPTION.  BOTH HAVE BEEN DEVELOPED AND APPROVED SPECIFICALLY TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THOSE 65 OR OLDER.


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