A Flu shot is important, and even though we are in the middle of December, it’s still not too late to get your shot. This advice comes straight from the National Institute on Aging (NIA).
The flu is very contagious — so much so, that it can easily spread from person to person, often just through the air. While regular hand washing and avoiding sick people can help, a shot really makes a difference. And, even though, we’re in the middle of the flu season, it’s still not too late to get the shot!
Flu Shot: Special Shots For Seniors
There are special influenza shots designed specifically for seniors age 65 and older. Medicare will pay for the shot, and so will many private health insurance plans. You can get your flu shot at your doctor’s office or from your local health department. Many grocery or drug stores also offer flu shots. The vaccine is the same wherever you receive it.
An influenza shot won’t keep everyone healthy. But, getting this shot every year can mean that if you do get sick, you might have only a mild case.
Get more information about the flu and how to prevent it on the NIA website.