Flu Shots for Your Patients Aged ≥65 Years: 2 Questions


Immunization Awareness Month

Terry Brenneman, MD

Terry Brenneman, MD

Like COVID-19 infections, influenza disease can be particularly deadly to those older than age 65 years. More than 50% of seasonal hospitalizations and 70% of the annual deaths related to flu occur in this age group. All infectious disease experts agree: flu vaccines are the best protection. There are currently 10 influenza vaccines in the US. Which one(s) should you be using?

Question 1. Which of the following is a current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendation about choice of influenza vaccine?

Question 2. Which of the following is true regarding the theoretical basis for the increased effectiveness of Fluzone High-Dose, FluBlock, and Fluad in older adults?

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