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High flu vaccine dose better for over 65s

Make sure you’re protected this winter

Our latest article from Jelf’s healthcare specialists has been provided by AXA PPP Healthcare* and looks at research into why older people should receive a high-dose flu vaccine to prevent illness in later life.

Older people should receive a high-dose flu vaccine, scientists say.

Research published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) suggests influenza vaccines with higher doses are 24% more effective than normal shots in preventing the illness in people over the age of 65, and the complications that come with it.

A team of scientists from 126 locations in the US and Canada studied 31,989 older people during the flu seasons in 2011/12 and 2012/13. Some received the high-dose vaccines and others the standard version.

According to the lead author of the research, Keipp Talbot MD, it was designed to determine whether the vaccine prevents flu better with a higher dose.

Ms Talbot, an assistant professor of medicine, was involved in the investigations at most of the centres. She says following the research the team now knows that a higher dose is better.

The study found taking the higher dose is safe, it encourages the production of more antibodies and protects against flu more effectively than the standard dose.

Influenza affects older adults the most in terms of sickness and hospital admissions, Ms Talbot says.

She says she would advise her patients over the age of 65 to take the vaccine with a high dose once a year.

The research also suggests the larger dose reduces the need for hospital treatment, cuts the number of medical visits and reduces the amount of further medication needed.

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Email laterlifewellbeing@jelfgroup.com

*This information is taken from an AXA PPP Healthcare article

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