US Advisory Panel Recommends Stronger Flu Shots for Seniors

An advisory panel for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended Wednesday that people ages 65 years and older choose higher-dose flu shots or ones that include an ingredient to boost immune response.

The CDC commonly adopts the recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, but in the past it has not advised older adults to get a particular flu shot.

The CDC says older people are both at a higher risk for more serious illness from the flu and tend to have a lower protective immune response.

The advisory committee said that while its preference is for the higher-dose shots or adjuvanted flu vaccines, if one of those options is not available, people age 65 and older should still be vaccinated with a standard flu vaccine.

Some information for this report came from The Associated Press. 

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