Flu season is officially here, believe it or not, and it's time to get those flu shots.
The older you are, the more you need one. Adults 65 and older account for 90 percent of flu-related deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which urges older adults to get the vaccines in late summer or early fall.
By getting their flu shot, not only are older adults helping protect themselves from the flu, they also help avoid spreading the virus to other vulnerable people, like children.
Vaccination rates in Florida continue to fall short, and older adults who do get their flu shot may actually be less responsive to the vaccine because of the age-related weakening of the immune system.
The West Central Florida Area Agency on Aging has launched a Flu + You initiative to spread the word to adults 65 and older that there are two vaccine options: the traditional one and a higher dose flu shot that helps address the age-related decline of the immune system by triggering the body to produce more antibodies against the flu.
Flu + You is a program of the National Council on Aging. For more information, go to cdc.gov.