Flu in Adults Age 65 Years and Older: What Are the Risks?

  
Immune systems decline as adults age. Certain vaccines are available to help boost immune response, specifically in adults age 65 years and older.

Older adults are at higher risk of serious flu and flu-related complications including pneumonia and hospitalization. But there are also other risks that may not be as obvious—flu increases the risk of  heart attack by 3-5 times and stroke by 2-3 times in the first 2 weeks of infection for those 65+. The risk remains elevated for several months. And for the record, getting your flu vaccine lowers your risk of heart attack and stroke. This all adds up to a six-times higher risk of dying from flu and related complication if you are age 65 years and older.

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