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Wed Oct 26, 2016, 10:23 AM

Flu shot age question

i just got back from the Doc. Considering my age I'm in okay shape. Anyway, the nurse asked me if I wanted a flu shot. When i said yes, she asked me my age (I'm in my sixties).

I've never been asked my age before. Are there different shots for various age groups?

Thanks

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Response to def_con5 (Original post)

Wed Oct 26, 2016, 10:30 AM

1. There may be

I am 65 and my wife is 62. We both got our flu shots at the same time at the Pharmacy. Her shot was a different kind than mine was. It may have to do with what Medicare would cover, but mine was supposedly a $40 higher list price than hers.

Have you had a flu shot lately?

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Response to def_con5 (Original post)

Wed Oct 26, 2016, 10:33 AM

2. The CDC recommends a flu shot for everyone over the age of 6 months

with a few exceptions. I've given thousands of them and get one every year. I've never had the flu

Over 65 can get a shot with adjuvant which is an ingredient added to a vaccine to create a stronger immune response

I volunteered to give free shots at a local medical school this year and hundreds, of every age group showed up. However, they all received the same vaccine. If they wanted the other, they would have to go to their own provider

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Response to D.Libby (Reply #2)

Wed Oct 26, 2016, 10:44 AM

4. Thanks that makes sense

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Response to D.Libby (Reply #2)

Wed Oct 26, 2016, 12:48 PM

16. Any idea how long the immunity lasts?

Should you get a flu shot at the earliest possible date or wait 'til later in the season?

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Response to def_con5 (Original post)

Wed Oct 26, 2016, 10:44 AM

3. Why Seniors Need a Different Flu Vaccine

http://staywell.walgreens.com/post/149847559195/seniors-and-the-flu-shot

There are many types of flu vaccines. One vaccine meant specifically for persons over 65 is called the high-dose flu vaccine. This vaccine is a stronger flu shot. It contains four times more antigen to create better protection. As we age, our immune system weakens and has increased difficulty fighting off infections. So patients over the age of 65 have the option of getting the high-dose vaccine. A recent study found that the high-dose vaccine is 24 percent more effective in preventing the flu compared to the regular vaccine. This vaccine provides better protection against flu-like illnesses in patients 65 and older.


More info at the link.

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Response to Troll2 (Reply #3)

Wed Oct 26, 2016, 10:46 AM

5. Great info

See this board can be useful.

Thanks

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Response to def_con5 (Original post)

Wed Oct 26, 2016, 10:46 AM

6. I just came down with a nasty flu; should I wait until I feel better to get my 'flu' shot?

I am in my sixties and have been getting 'flu' shots regularly every year, but somehow I still come down with a nasty flu regardless..............what gives?

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Response to PrimeCustodian (Reply #6)

Wed Oct 26, 2016, 10:58 AM

7. It takes about 2 weeks after getting the shot, to build the antibodies, that stave off the flu

Sometimes people get the flu while that process is taking place. It's purely coincidental. There are several strains of flu every year.

Do wait until you feel better before getting the shot. Your white blood cells are already working overtime to fight the flu you have, temporarily depressing your immune system

FYI The shot contains inactive or 'dead' cells known as antigens. They induce an immune response in the body to produce antibodies which fight off the flu

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Response to D.Libby (Reply #7)

Wed Oct 26, 2016, 11:17 AM

9. Thanks for the info.............................really appreciate it!

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Response to PrimeCustodian (Reply #9)

Wed Oct 26, 2016, 11:22 AM

10. You're welcome. I believe in flu shots and like correct information rather than

scare info

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Response to D.Libby (Reply #10)

Wed Oct 26, 2016, 11:31 AM

13. On a bad 'flu' year, it has proven to be helpful to say the least!

I'm glad someone posted the issue on this board, otherwise I would have known about the different kind of 'flu' shots available to patients - especially the 'flue' shot for those folks over sixty.

Again thanks you!

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Response to PrimeCustodian (Reply #6)

Wed Oct 26, 2016, 11:15 AM

8. The Flu shot you get

Protects from 1-3 or four of the most common strain they expect to hit. After you get the flu shot their is a two week window where you can still get the flu from the strain that it was made to defend against. If you get hit with one of the other strains then you will still get the flu but may as was the last time it happened to me lessen the severity of that strain, maybe.

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Response to Bushmaster330 (Reply #8)

Wed Oct 26, 2016, 11:23 AM

11. Sounds like 'Russian' roulette science to me!

It does explain why the 2 out 5 'flut' shot don't seem to help on odd year though; thanks!

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Response to def_con5 (Original post)

Wed Oct 26, 2016, 11:28 AM

12. I've been getting the high-dose flu shot for several years, as I'm in my mid-'70s...

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Response to def_con5 (Original post)

Wed Oct 26, 2016, 11:46 AM

14. Never had a flu shot since I left home in my mid teens

That's 50 years ago.

Never had the flu, or even a cold since.

Not gonna mess with what's workin' . .

If it ain't broke . . . . .

ya know



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Response to akaConcernedCanuk (Reply #14)

Wed Oct 26, 2016, 12:27 PM

15. I'm in contact with lots of people every week and they are

are from all over the U.S and other countries.

I employ health strategies, including immunity boosting, like the flu shot, to protect myself.

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