Some people mistakenly feel that the flu vaccine is only for the elderly. It’s true that the immune system weakens with age. What’s more, approximately 90 percent of flu-related deaths occur in people over the age of 65. But while complications are higher within this age group, complications can also affect children and younger adults.
Flu-related complications include hospitalization, pneumonia and death. The flu vaccine doesn’t offer 100 percent protection, but if you receive a vaccination, you greatly reduce the chances of becoming ill.
The flu is risky for everyone — especially for people who deal with an autoimmune diseases. These diseases can occur in people of all ages. Rather than put off a flu vaccine until your senior years, develop a habit of obtaining a vaccination each year. You not only protect yourself from the virus, but also your family and friends. The best time to receive a flu vaccine is before flu season — before late November. You can walk into any pharmacy or health clinic, or receive a shot from your primary doctor.