New Influenza Prevention Initiative to Focus on Older Adults this Upcoming Flu Season

Older Adults Most Vulnerable to Influenza and Related Complications; Vaccination Options for Adults 65 and Older Available this Season

  • The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is leading the charge to educate older adults about the threat of influenza and the importance of immunization through a new awareness initiative called Flu + You.
  • Each year in the United States about nine out of 10 flu-related deaths and more than six out of 10 flu-related hospital stays occur in people over the age of 65.
  • With the first baby boomers turning 65 and the population aging in general, it is more critical than ever to understand how aging affects the body’s ability to fight infection and the simple steps that can be taken to help protect against influenza – one of the most deadly and costly diseases for older adults.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012