High dose flu vaccine recommended for seniors

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) -- Flu season has arrived which means it's time to start getting vaccinated.

While almost everyone is at risk of contracting the flu some groups are more susceptible than others like young children, pregnant women, those with medical conditions, and seniors.

While getting a regular flu shot is a good option for everyone, it's recommended that seniors, those 65 and older, get a high dose flu shot instead.

"As you age your immune system begins to weaken," said Dr. Sandra Breeding, a nurse practitioner at the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department. "This vaccine boosts the immune system four times more than the regular vaccine."

High dose flu shots are slightly more expensive than a regular flu shot.
The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department charges $49 for the high dose shot and $30 for a regular flu shot.

"The flu vaccine that we offer is a quadrivalent vaccine which protects against the four strains that are out there," said Dr. Breeding. "The high is only going to protect against three. So it's not a quadrivalent, it's a trivalent, but it does offer that immune response."

Officials say both versions of the vaccine are covered by most insurance companies and Medicare.



 
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