Flu +U Vaccine Program Older Adults
Help Protect Yourself Against the Flu by Getting Vaccinated at the JCC in Squirrel Hill
- Tuesday, September 17
- 11 am - 3 pm
Making sure older adults stay healthy every flu season is a top priority. The Squirrel Hill JCC is hosting the National Council on Aging’s Flu + You campaign on Tuesday, September 17.
The event includes a health fair and presentation about the importance of flu vaccinations and vaccines will be administered. The event is free and open to older adults age 65 and older; appointments are not required but participants should bring Medicare identification or health insurance cards.
Influenza, commonly known as “the flu,” is a serious and potentially life-threatening disease that can cause severe complications. The best way to help protect against it is through annual vaccination. No matter how healthy or youthful we feel, as we age, our immune system weakens, leaving people 65 and older more vulnerable to the flu and its related complications. In fact, each year in the United States, about nine out of 10 flu-related deaths and roughly six out of 10 flu-related hospital stays occur in people 65 and older, making flu vaccination especially crucial for this population.
That is why the JCC has joined the National Council on Aging’s Flu + You campaign to help educate adults 65 and older about the seriousness of the flu and the importance of vaccination.
The good news is that adults 65 and older have vaccine options available to help protect against the flu. In addition to the traditional flu vaccine (which helps protect against three strains of the flu virus), there is also a quadrivalent vaccine (which helps protect against four strains), and a higher dose vaccine. The higher dose flu shot improves the production of antibodies in older patients. Antibodies are the soldiers of the immune system that help fight infection when the body is exposed to the virus. Whichever vaccine option is selected, the good news is that an annual flu shot is a Medicare Part B benefit. This means that the vaccine is covered with no copay for Medicare beneficiaries 65 years of age and older.
Talk to your health care provider about the dangers of the flu, the benefits of vaccination, and the best flu vaccination option to meet the needs of your age group, and visit www.ncoa.org/Flu for more information.