The best course of action if you're worried about how to avoid contracting the flu from someone else is to get vaccinated. Every year, the CDC advises practically everyone aged 6 months and older to get vaccinated against the seasonal flu, ideally by the end of October. However, immunization should continue throughout flu season, even into January or later, as long as flu viruses are still present in the population.
To keep up with evolving viruses, flu vaccinations are revised every season. In addition, immunity to the influenza virus deteriorates over the course of a year, necessitating an annual vaccination to ensure that everyone has the best possible defense against the illness. Older folks should not receive vaccinations too early, such as in July or August, because immunity may decline more quickly in them.
Federal health officials advise particular flu vaccinations for persons 65 and older starting in 2022. Flublock Quadrivalent, Fluad Quadrivalent, and Fluzone High-Dose Quadrivalent are the three vaccines in question. It produces a stronger immunological response in older persons than the conventional flu vaccine, according to studies. Ask for one of these vaccines if you are 65 years of age or older when having your flu shot from your physician, a pharmacy, or a vaccine clinic. However, a conventional flu vaccination is advised if one of these vaccines is not yet available or won't be for some time.
Source: National Council on Aging
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