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High-Dose Flu Vaccine Can Protect Seniors

Tuesday, 09 Sep 2014 08:22 AM

When Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline joined forces in "Last Vegas," an old man's version of "The Hangover," they proved that experience and talent can't protect you from sickening Viagra jokes.

But a high-dose flu vaccine can protect that same over-the-hill crowd from a pretty sickening virus. That's really good news, because influenza is especially tough on those 65 and older.

Seniors account for 90 percent of deaths related to the flu, even though they're far more likely to get inoculated than younger folks. Almost 70 percent of people 65 and older get their shots, while only around 26 percent of those 18-49 do.

So if you're 65-plus, how can you increase your chances of dodging the flu this season?

Try the high-dose trivalent vaccine; it covers three types of flu and delivers four times as much vaccine as the standard trivalent inoculation.

The result: It increases protection against the flu by 24 percent! This is important because standard flu vaccines aren't all that effective among 65-plussers. Against last year's most virulent H3N2 infection, the standard trivalent vaccine was only 9 percent effective - and overall it was only 27 percent effective.

So, boosting the vaccine's fighting power to close to 50 percent is a huge health bonanza for seniors. (Among younger folks, the standard shots are 70 percent to 90 percent effective.)

Another option for people who are 65-plus? A standard quadrivalent vaccine that protects against four strains. Talk with your doctor about your best option, and then get your shot as soon as the vaccine is available!

© 2014 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D.
Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.

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