"Getting the flu doesn't just make you feel bad; it can lead to other serious health concerns or make conditions you already have much worse," says SCAN Medical Director Magda Lenartowicz, MD. "The older you are, the harder it is for your body to fight illness, and the more you are at risk for developing these kinds of problems when you get the flu."
People age 65 and older are most likely to have a more severe case of flu.
Older adults have more chance of developing pneumonia or another life-threatening complication from the flu.
Seniors with the flu are more likely to end up in the hospital than younger people who are sick with the flu. And once in the hospital, older adults stay longer than seniors hospitalized for other reasons.
“Getting a flu shot each year is one of the best things a senior can do to stay healthy. And because SCAN members can get the shot from their doctor or at the pharmacy with no copay, it's also one of the easiest and most affordable."