High Dose Flu Vaccine for Seniors If you or someone you care about is 65 years of age or older, consider the High Dose Flu Vaccine. Prepare your health for flu season; schedule a flu shot appointment locally at one of Passport Health’s 250+ clinic locations nationwide today. Why do seniors need the High Dose Flu Shot? What is the High Dose Flu Vaccine? What is the Flu? Where to Get the High Dose Flu Vaccine? Why do seniors need the High Dose Flu Vaccine? Scientific studies show that the traditional, seasonal flu shot does not prevent the flu as well in senior populations, or people over the age of 65, as it does in younger populations. Why is this? As the body ages, the immune system gets weaker. This is a normal part of the aging process. However, a weakened immune system means the body’s ability to bounce back from disease is attenuated as well. Therefore, seniors are at much greater risk for flu related complications, and people aged 65 and older are the population segment hardest hit by influenza. Indeed, each flu season, the virus results in 3,000 to a high of almost 49,000 deaths. Approximately 90% of deaths each season occur in the 65+ age group. What is the High Dose Flu Vaccine? The High Dose Flu Vaccine is a flu shot made specifically for seniors, or people over the age of 65. It is designed to help those with weakened immune systems make more antibodies to strengthen the body’s response against the flu. The Fluzone High Dose Flu Vaccine is manufactured exclusively by Sanofi Pasteur, and it is an inactivated virus vaccine given by injection. For further information on this vaccine, please click here to download Sanofi’s Fluzone High Dose educational brochure. What is the Flu? Influenza is a highly contagious virus that causes infection in the nose, throat, and lungs. Generally, the flu lasts for 3 to 7 days, but symptoms, including fever, chills, sore throat, fatigue, cough, and headache, may persist for up to two weeks. Notably, the flu can cause serious illness, especially in people with chronic health problems. Senior populations are more likely than their younger counterparts to have existing health problems, be they active or latent. This is yet another reason that proper prevention is key for people aged 65 and older, and prevention starts with a High Dose Flu Shot. Where to Get the High Dose Flu Vaccine? You can get the High Dose Flu Vaccine nationwide Passport Health locations. So, if you are asking yourself, “Where do I get a high dose flu shot (influenza vaccine)?” schedule an appointment with your local Passport Health clinic.