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Influenza, or the flu, is a serious and potentially life-threatening disease, especially in adults 65 years of age and older.

Did you know ... ?

  • The flu is easily passed from person to person through coughing, sneezing, or through contact with fluids from an infected person?s mouth or nose.

  • No matter how healthy or youthful we feel or appear, as we age, our immune system typically weakens and our ability to fight illness decreases. As a result, older adults are more vulnerable to the flu and its related complications, making influenza vaccination extremely important.

  • The flu is especially dangerous for people with certain conditions that commonly affect older adults, including heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes, as it can worsen these conditions.

  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the single best way to prevent the flu is to get an annual vaccination, which is recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older.

  • Adults aged 65 and older have different flu vaccine options, including a higher dose vaccine designed specifically for adults 65 years of age and older. The higher dose vaccine is designed to address the age-related decline of the immune system.

Flu + You

Everyone's immune system typically weakens with age, making it harder for us to fight infection and disease as we get older.

As a result, adults aged 65 and older?even those who are healthy and active?are more vulnerable to influenza (commonly known as the "flu").

To help raise awareness of the seriousness of the flu and the importance of flu prevention, actor and '70s pop culture icon Lee Majors is joining the Flu + You campaign.?

Today, Majors, who is best known for his role on the iconic television show The Six Million Dollar Man, has a new mission: To urge everyone 65 and older to talk to their health care provider about the flu and what can be done to help prevent it, including selection of the most appropriate flu vaccine.?

Flu Tips from Lee Majors:
  1. People 65 and older should not wait for flu season to start to get their annual flu shot.
    Get vaccinated as soon as possible when vaccine is available because the body's immune system and its ability to fight illness decreases with age, meaning older adults are more vulnerable to the flu and its related complications.

  2. There are a few vaccine options available, and some have been developed for specific stages of life.
    In addition to the traditional flu vaccine (which helps protect against three strains of the flu virus), there is a quadrivalent vaccine (which helps protect against four strains), and a higher dose vaccine that is designed specifically for adults aged 65 and older. By improving the production of antibodies in older patients, the higher dose vaccine can provide a stronger immune response to influenza than traditional vaccines.

  3. The flu can be easily passed from person to person, so it's important that those who spend time with older adults, such as family and caregivers, also get vaccinated.
    An annual flu shot is a Medicare Part B benefit. This means that the vaccine is covered with no copay for Medicare beneficiaries 65 years of age and older. Talk to your health care provider today about the dangers of the flu, the benefits of annual immunization to help protect against the flu, and the best flu vaccine option to meet your needs.

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To learn more about influenza, vaccine recommendations and your flu vaccine options, please visit ncoa.org/Flu.

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Alliance Medical Group is a not-for-profit, multi-specialty medical management company under the corporate umbrella of the Greater Hazleton Health Alliance, a state-of-the-art, customer-friendly health care system that provides high quality health and wellness services to more than 100,000 residents in a large tri-county area.

Alliance Medical Group is comprised of highly qualified, experienced, and compassionate health care providers and clinical support staff who work together to enhance the level of quality care available to the community.

As part of the Greater Hazleton Health Alliance, providers have access to a wide variety of comprehensive medical resources to ensure individualized care for patients who range in age from infancy throughout adulthood. This ensures that patients receive convenient access to high-quality care in a comfortable, customer-focused environment.

As the first health care provider in the Greater Hazleton area to offer patients a fully integrated approach to family and specialized medical and general surgical care, the Alliance Medical Group serves as a model of exemplary service quality.