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Flu is Nothing to Sneeze At

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The holiday season is full of surprises; the good ones are under the tree, the bad ones can be hidden in the air. Holiday Season is also Flu Season; each year, people aged 65 and older have the highest rates of influenza-related deaths and hospitalizations, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Flu season generally runs from October through May, so the best time to get the shot is before the flu starts circulating where you live. The CDC recommends an annual flu vaccination for everyone, starting at age 6 months, with only a few exceptions for people with rare health conditions. Because the virus changes year to year, the vaccine changes, too, so everyone needs to be vaccinated every year to be fully protected.

What shots do you need and where to get them? If you’re over 65, you have two options ? the regular-strength flu shot or a higher strength vaccine that combats the weakening of the immune system in older adults.? This upgraded influenza vaccine is ?called Fluzone High-Dose and contains four times the amount of antigen to create a stronger immune response.

Your health care provider can help you decide which dosage is better for you. Medicare and Medicaid cover both vaccines. Many drugstores and grocery chains also provide the shots. To find locations near you, ?go to flushot.healthmap.org.

In the mean time, you can upgrade your immune system and speed up?the recovery process of?some types of bacterial infections, by changing your diet.??Including?large amounts of soluble fiber in your diet all year long is easier than you think.?? Consume more?foods like avocados, oranges,?figs, legumes, and whole grains.? A Specialty Care Services?professional home care nurse can accompany you?while getting a??flu shots, as?well as?assist you? in the preparation of?nutritious meals.

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