Yearly Flu Vaccination Protects Older Adults

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July 21, 2023

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A graphic with a picture of an older adult couple. The woman has her hands around the man and their eyes are closed. The text reads: Flu Vaccines Protect; Adults 65 years and older who got a flu vaccine were about 40% less likely to be hospitalized with flu illness or related complications compared to older adults who had not been vaccinated. According to CDC data from the IVY network and VISION VE network through February 22, 2023, during the 2022-2023 season.

Yearly Flu Vaccination Protects Older Adults

During most seasons, people 65 years & older bear the greatest burden of severe flu disease. It is especially important for older adults to get a yearly flu vaccine. During 2022-2023, older adults who got a flu vaccine were less likely to have serious flu outcomes, including visits to the emergency room. Remember: 3 flu vaccines are preferentially recommended for people 65 years & older.
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