High dose vaccine is recommended for people 65 and older and contains four times the amount of antigen as the regular flu shot. The CDC says the high dose vaccine is associated with a stronger immune response. In a clinical trial of 30,000 people, adults 65 and older who received the high dose vaccine had 24% fewer flu infections as compared to those who received the standard dose.
Where should you get your flu shot?
This year, Valley Medical Center providers will have a limited supply of high dose vaccine. Please call your primary care provider or a VMC Urgent Care Clinic before coming in for your flu shot to confirm they have high dose vaccine available. Your flu shot is an integral part of your annual primary care and needs to become part of your electronic health record. If you get your flu shot elsewhere, remember to notify your primary care provider.
3 good health habits can help avoid the spread of flu (and other illness!)
1. Cover coughs with your forearm
2. Wash hands often
3. Avoid people who are sick
What should you do if you develop flu symptoms?
For people 65 and older, who are more likely to experience complications from flu, it’s important to receive a medical evaluation early on when you start experiencing flu symptoms. Antiviral drug treatments are used for people at high risk of flu complications.
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