Boomers should consider getting a flu vaccine! It’s a good time to consider getting a flu vaccine for people of all ages and primarily seniors.
In fact, adults should consider vaccinations that prevent diseases later in life. When you visit Vaccine.gov, each disease is listed with the appropriate vaccination.
According to http://Vaccines.gov, the 2012-2013 flu vaccine consists of three viruses to protect against:
• A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)-like virus
• A/Victoria/361/2011 (H3N2)-like virus
• B/Wisconsin/1/2010-like virus
The flu vaccine for 2013 will not protect against swine flu.
It’s recommended to get the flu shot as soon as it’s available in your region. People older than 64-years-old should get a higher dose of the vaccine that may lead to greater protection throughout the season that peaks in January or February.
The vaccine is administered either via injection or a nasal spray. The latter method is typically for children; however, people through 49 years of age can get vaccinated via the nasal spray.
Medicare Covers One Flu Vaccine
Medicare will cover one flu vaccination per season.
Antibodies develop in the body after the vaccine is administered, and the body protects itself from these viruses that combine to make the new flu vaccine for the current season.
Flu shots need to be administered each season to be effective.
At http://flu.gov, the information on this site encourages seniors to get the high-dose flu shot as soon as it’s available in your area.
For parents and grandparents caring for family members, it’s always important to protect oneself against germs from others in community settings. Being more careful about sanitation and hand washing is critical this flu season.
Here’s a quick video from Flu.Gov as a reminder.