As you age, your immune system weakens. This weakening makes seniors—adults 65 years and older— more susceptible to the flu. For seniors, the seasonal flu can be very serious, even deadly. Ninety percent of flu-related deaths and more than half of flu-related hospitalizations occur in people age 65 and older.
However, according to last year’s statistics on the Flu Shot, the CDC reports for adults 65 and older, the vaccine was only found to be 27 percent effective against the three strains. Also, for seniors 65 and older, the 2012-2013 flu shot was found to be only 9 percent effective against the more virulent H3N2 strain.
Please make an informed decision about what’s best for you. Here are a few websites to help jump start your research: