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   Senior Times - October 2020 Page 3
By: Sherii Sherban, Publisher
Due to COVID-19, the CDC is urging everyone to get the flu vaccine before the end of October 2020.
flu, they will have a milder case.
The high-dose flu shot is recommended for
     Reducing the spread of respiratory illnesses like flu this fall and winter is more important than ever. Flu vaccination is especially important for adults 65 years and older, who account for most hospitalizations and deaths from flu and from COVID-19.
seniors. For the 2020-2021 flu season, adults over age 65 should get either the Fluzone High- Dose vaccine or the flu vaccine with adjuvant (brand name FLUAD). The higher dose vaccines help older bodies produce a better immune response and increases their protection against the flu.
After getting the shot, it takes about two weeks for the protective flu antibodies to devel- op in the body. So, the sooner you get the shot, the sooner you’ll have protection against the flu.
for flu. Cold and flu season is here again. Two of the most at-risk populations are seniors and caregivers.
Many seniors are vulnerable to seasonal flu because their immune systems are weaker due to age and often made worse by chronic illness. Getting a flu shot protects older adults against serious illness and complications.
For caregivers, the chronic stress of taking care of your older adult impairs your immune system and makes you more vulnerable to ill- ness. And spending a lot of time with your older adult means passing germs back and forth. When you get a flu shot, you’ll reduce the risk that you’ll get sick and infect your older adult. It will also save you the misery of being sick while continuing to care for them.
Seniors who receive the flu shot can reduce their risk of being hospitalized due to the flu by 40% and reduced the risk of being admitted to an intensive care unit with flu by 82%.
But experts agree that getting the shot at any time is still much better than not getting it at all.
If your older adult has Medicare, the flu shot is free as long as the provider accepts Medicare. There is no co-insurance or co-payment needed. And your older adult doesn’t have to meet their deductible to get the vaccine.
Dr. Leslie Kernisan, a doctor specializing in geriatrics, says, “This year, more than ever, it’s important to do what you can to reduce respira- tory illness, to protect yourself, and to protect others. We don’t yet have a COVID vaccine, but we do have influenza vaccines.”
Most private insurance companies cover flu shots as a preventive service. If you don’t have insurance, many drugstores and clinics offer flu shots at low cost.
4. The flu vaccine is free under Medicare.
  To protect your health when getting a flu vac- cine, follow the CDC’s COVID-19 recommenda- tions for safety during doctor visits and running essential errands and also continue to take every- day preventive actions.
5. Protect against deadly flu complications.
Getting a flu shot prevents severe illness in seniors. Older adults are one of the highest risk groups for flu, but getting a flu shot will signifi- cantly reduce the chance that they’ll get sick. And if they do end up getting the flu, already having the flu vaccine makes it less severe and less likely to develop into dangerous complica- tions.
2. Flu is a serious health risk for seniors.
A severe form of pneumonia is a common and deadly complication of the flu. In addition to the flu shot, people age 65 or older, smokers, and those with diabetes or lung problems should consider getting a pneumococcal vaccination.
Daily Caring shares five reasons why a flu shot for seniors is so important for protecting their health.
In fact, the CDC estimates that 70-85% of flu-related deaths and 50-70% of flu-related hos- pitalizations happen in people who are age 65 and older.
To get more information about the flu and
flu shots from a trusted, reputable source, visit the CDC’s Frequently Asked Questions page
at son-2020-2021.htm#anchor_1597410034241. There you’ll be able to find out what’s new for the 2020-2021 flu season, what types of vaccina- tions are available, and more.
1. Seniors and caregivers are at higher risk
3. Getting the flu shot reduces flu risk and severity. Even if the flu vaccine isn’t 100% effective, it’s still worthwhile. Research shows that if someone who is vaccinated does get the
For seniors, the flu can quickly develop into a severe illness and could cause death.
The pneumococcal vaccine isn’t needed every year, so be sure to check with your older adult’s doctor to find out if they need one this year.
 Please join us in celebrating the following centenarians:
Mary Boshers Helen Brott Millie Cooper Helen Crofoot Mable Grant Robert Holt
Raymond Malotte Helen McIver Maggie McKendrick Raymond Parris Margaret Prickett Vivian Robbins Marie Secor
Geraldine Stubblefield Annabelle Thorpe Vilo Vaughn
Ernest Waffle
Barbara Warson George Wentz
  Do you know someone from Calhoun County who will be
99 or older any time this year?

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