It’s not such a simple choice for Flu Shots this season:
What’s new this flu season? 2016-2017
•Only injectable flu shots are recommended for use this season.
•Flu vaccines have been updated to better match circulating viruses.
•There will be some new vaccines on the market this season.
•The recommendations for vaccination of people with egg allergies have changed.
The CDC recommends that everyone aged 65 years and older receive an influenza vaccine every year by the end of October if possible. The 2 injectables recommended for adults aged 65 and older are:
• Fluzone High Dose and
• Fluad injectable, (New this season)
Some Statistics regarding the flu and older adults:
Hospitalization rates during typical influenza seasons are highest for adults aged ≥65 years. Persons aged 50–64 years who had underlying medical conditions also were at substantially increased risk for hospitalization during influenza season compared with healthy adults aged 50–64 years (12.3 versus 1.8 per 10,000 person-periods) (28).(CDC) Deaths associated with influenza are most frequent among older adults.
Citation: Grohskopf LA, Sokolow LZ, Broder KR, et al. Prevention and Control of Seasonal Influenza with Vaccines. MMWR Recomm Rep 2016;65(No. RR-5):1–54. DOI:
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