Over 65? Learn about your flu shot choices
Here's what you need to know before getting your flu shot.
If you're 65 or older, you have a higher chance of getting very sick from the flu. This is because it's harder for your body to fight off germs that can make you sick. And this is why you should get your yearly flu shot.
As many as 7 out of 10 people in the hospital for flu are over 65. Eight out of 10 people who die from the flu are over 65. The flu shot is a simple way to keep yourself safe from the flu.
Best time to get your flu shot
The best time to get your flu shot is by the end of October. Once you get your shot, your body needs about two weeks to get ready to fight the flu.
Flu season usually runs from November through the end of April. If it’s past October and you didn’t get your flu shot yet, get it. It’ll help keep you safe for the rest of the flu season.
Ask your doctor about the Flucelvax® shot
Here’s why it may be right for you:
- It's egg-free and latex-free.
- It's grown in animal cells instead of eggs. This means it's more like the flu virus we’re trying to protect you from.
Other tips on how to stay safe from the flu
Besides getting the flu shot, you should:
- Stay away from people who are sick.
- Wash your hands often.
- Try not to touch your face.
- Ask your doctor about getting the pneumonia shot.
When to get medical care
There are some important things to watch for, even if you’ve had your flu shot. Get care right away if you:
- Have trouble breathing or shortness of breath
- Feel pain or pressure in the chest or stomach
- Are dizzy or confused for a long time
- Have a fever that won’t get better or gets worse, even when you take over-the-counter medicines
- Aren’t peeing
- Have any of the problems listed above and they get worse
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. People 65 years and older and influenza. Accessed November 15, 2021.
- Grohskopf LA, Alyanak E, Ferdinands JM, et al. Prevention and control of seasonal influenza with vaccines: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices — United States, 2021–22 Influenza Season. MMWR Recomm Rep 2021;70(No. RR-5):1–28.
The information provided is for general informational purposes only and is not intended to be medical advice or a substitute for professional health care. You should consult an appropriate health care professional for your specific needs.