we've got a flu vaccine specially formulated for you.1
At 65+, you're not slowing down, but your immune system might be.2,3
You may not know it, but as you get older, your immune system weakens.2,3 Fluzone High-Dose vaccine is the first and only influenza vaccine specially formulated for people 65 years of age and older.4,5 It has 4 times the antigen of a regular flu shot for a stronger immune response to the flu.4,6 Fluzone High-Dose vaccine can help your body make more of the substance (antibody) that is associated with protection from influenza.1,6 As a result, when compared to traditional influenza vaccines, Fluzone High-Dose vaccine can provide a stronger immune response in older adults.1,6
There are different types of flu.6,7 Fluzone High-Dose vaccine helps protect against the flu virus strains (subtypes A and type B) contained in the vaccine; however, everyone may not get the same level of protection.1
Consider these facts:
In the coming years, the population of those 65+ in the United States will increase by at least 9000 every day8
Up to 90% of flu-related deaths occur in the elderly, despite historically high vaccination rates9,10
One study found that for every flu-related death in those 65+, approximately 4 flu-related hospitalizations occur11
Why Fluzone High-Dose vaccine may be right for you
Studies have shown that Fluzone High-Dose vaccine is safe for people ages 65 years and older.1 Fluzone High-Dose vaccine is given by an injection (shot) in the arm.1 You may have pain, swelling, and redness at the injection site; fever, headache, fatigue, and muscular pain.1 Fluzone High-Dose vaccine is not appropriate for everybody. Do not get Fluzone High-Dose vaccine if you or your loved one1:
Is younger than 65 years of age
Has ever had a severe allergic reaction to a flu vaccine
Is severely allergic to eggs or egg products
If you or a loved one is moderately or severely ill at the time of your vaccination, talk to a health care provider about whether or not to reschedule.6 Your doctor may recommend waiting until the illness has gone away.6 Typically, people with a mild illness can still get the vaccine.6
Fluzone High-Dose vaccine FAQ
Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about Fluzone High-Dose vaccine.
I'm over age 65 and have never had the flu or its consequences. Does someone like me need to worry about catching the flu?
Older adults are at greater risk for influenza and its serious complications.2,3,7 In fact, up to 90% of flu-related deaths occur in the elderly.9 You should also keep in mind that the flu is easily passed from person to person through coughing and sneezing or through contact with fluids from an infected person's mouth or nose.6,7
As an adult over 65 years of age, am I at greater risk of getting the flu?
The older we get, the weaker our immune system becomes.2,3 Because of this fact, adults 65 years of age and older are at greater risk than younger adults for getting the flu and flu-related complications.2,3 This is why it's important to talk to your doctor about getting a flu vaccine.
Why is the flu so serious for older adults?
As you get older, your immune system doesn't have as strong a response to infections. 2,3 This means that the complications from influenza can be devastating for people age 65 years and older.9 Each year in the United States, people 65 and older account for:
That's why it's important to talk to your doctor about getting a flu vaccination.
As a person age 65 and older, how can I help protect myself from the flu?
Get vaccinated.3 It's the best way to help protect yourself from the flu virus and its complications. It's also helpful to take preventive measures, such as13,14:
What is the difference between Fluzone High-Dose vaccine and Fluzone vaccine?
Fluzone High-Dose vaccine has 4 times the antigen of a regular flu shot for a stronger immune response to the flu.4,6 As a result, when compared to traditional influenza vaccines, Fluzone High-Dose vaccine can provide a stronger immune response in older adults.1
Does Medicare cover the cost of Fluzone High-Dose vaccine?
Yes. Fluzone High-Dose vaccine is covered by Medicare Part B with no copay.15