The bond between grandparent and grandchild is one rooted in fun, love and pure joy. Many grandparents today play an active, important role in families' lives, serving as caregivers, playmates and educators for their grandchildren. We encourage seniors to protect themselves with an annual flu vaccine so that they can continue doing the things they love with their families. People over the age of 65 have an even greater chance of experiencing flu complications. At least 71 percent of seasonal flu-related deaths, and at least 54 percent of flu-related hospitalizations, occur with seniors, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). There are now specially-designed flu vaccines for seniors, meant to protect older people who face an increased risk from influenza. The CDC recommends annual influenza vaccination for everyone 6 months of age and older to protect against this serious, potentially deadly, but vaccine-preventable disease. Annual flu vaccination is important for seniors not only to protect their own health, but also to help protect the health of the people around them.
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To learn more about flu vaccination for seniors, visit the CDC's website.