New Quadruple-Strength Flu Shot Aimed at Protecting the Elderly This Fall

There's a new flu shot this year that is four times as strong and targeted at senior citizens. This high-dose flu vaccine is believed to jump-start senior citizens' immune response and provide them better protection from the virus. By quadrupling the strength of the shot, doctors hope that it will result in fewer deaths and serious cases of flu among the elderly. Most patients, the FDA said, had minimal or no adverse side effects after receiving the high-dose shot.

However, not everyone in the medical community is a fan of the new flu shot which costs almost twice as much as the low-dose shot. Dr. Bradley Bender, chief of staff for the North Florida-South Georgia Veterans Affairs health system, notes that the studies on the new vaccine have shown that seniors' immune systems reacted better to the new high-dose flu shot, but no studies have shown that it's more effective at preventing the flu.

While the shot was designed with elderly in mind, any one who has had no reaction to a flu shot for the past 5 years, may get the high dose shot. Those who have a severe allergy to chicken eggs or who have had a severe reaction to flu vaccines in the past should not get a flu shot, according to the CDC. For more, read the story.

Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia

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