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High-dose flu shot available for seniors

High-dose flu shot available for seniors

A high-dose flu shot, with brand name Fluzone is now CDC-recommended for seniors age 65 and older. It contains four times as much flu virus antigen (the part of the vaccine that stimulates the immune system) as standard flu vaccines. A higher dose of antigen in the vaccine gives older people a better immune response and better protection from the flu. The CDC estimates that about 70 to 85 percent of seasonal flu-related deaths are attributed to people age 65…

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Helping older adult drivers prevent accidents

Helping older adult drivers prevent accidents

Older adult drivers contribute many positive attributes to daily driving tasks. Their accumulated driving experience, ability to think critically, and aptitude for controlling impulses and managing their emotions gives them a distinct advantage over younger, inexperienced drivers. In addition, older adult drivers are more willing to wear seat belts, tend to drive when conditions are safe – such as during daytime hours and in good weather, and have a lower incidence of impaired driving due to alcohol consumption. However, the…

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