Have You Gotten Your Flu Shot Yet?

This is a guest post by Annie Lynsen, on loan to AARP from Small Act. Happy National Influenza Vaccination Awareness Week! There are lots of ways you can celebrate, but getting your flu shot is probably better than, say, decorating your house with a garland of tiny syringes. Whether you get the shot from your primary care physician, a drugstore or a grocery store, you’ll be taking an important step toward protecting your health. Older adults are particularly vulnerable to serious …

Fight Flu

Just this past week, I stopped by my local pharmacy and noticed that, in spite of the hot weather, the place was plastered with advertisements – “Get your flu shot here today!”  While the weather seemed incongruent with the signage, flu season is definitely just around the corner. So, what’s new with flu shots this season? First of all, there’s a new high-dose version of the flu shot. The higher dose may mean higher protection from the flu. And second, …

Is It Too Early For A Flu Shot?

How can you tell summer is over? Pharmacies are pushing flu shots. Yes, it’s that no-so-wonderful time of the year when we’re reminded that flu season is just around the corner and we all need a vaccination. But at least one doctor is advising his patients to wait a bit. USA Today reports that Tennessee doctor Scott Major doesn’t plan to start urging his patients to get the shots until later this month or early October. The family practitioner worries …

Guest Blog: Make Flu Prevention an Annual Health Priority

Influenza infection rates usually peak around February in the United States, so now is an important time to look at some facts about the disease. Influenza, commonly known as “the flu,” is a serious and highly contagious virus that kills more Americans every year than all other vaccine-preventable diseases combined. And while the very young and very old are at the highest risk of serious influenza illness, all of us in the 50+ category should be concerned about this dangerous …

News To Know: I’ll Have A Shot

With a record amount of flu vaccine in stock this year, the government is urging people of all ages to get flu shots this year.