Older Adults

What You Need to Know

  • People 65 years and older are at high risk of developing serious complications from flu compared with younger adults. This risk is due in part to changes in our immune system as we age.
  • While most older adults recover from the flu without being hospitalized, between 70% and 85% of seasonal flu-related deaths (an estimated 5,000 people in the U.S. annually) are experienced by older adults. In addition, between 50% and 70% of flu-related hospitalizations (about 10,000 people annually) are experienced by older adults.
  • COVID-19 and RSV (as well as pneumococcal disease) pose added threats to older adults. It’s important to talk to your healthcare provider and protect yourself with the right vaccines.

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Protect Against Respiratory Illness

Flu and People 65 Years and Older