Is the Flu Shot Safe for Senior Citizens?

Is the Flu Shot Safe for Senior Citizens?

The flu shot is safe for senior citizens and other adults, excluding those who have experienced a severe allergic reaction to a previous flu vaccine. People who are allergic to eggs should seek medical advice before getting a flu shot.

The immune system begins to weaken for people age 65 years and older; therefore, it is important for senior citizens to receive a vaccine to prevent the flu and stop symptoms from spreading. Vaccination options include the regular-dose flu shot and high-dose flu shot. The high-dose shot helps boost the immune system's response. Seniors citizens are at a higher risk of developing pneumonia from the flu and have the choice of getting the pneumococcal vaccine.