Extra-strength flu vaccine recommended for seniors, East Texas pharmacist speaks

TYLER, Texas (KETK) — The CDC recommends that people 65 and older get extra strength flu vaccine this season.

Sonny Krezdorn, pharmacist and owner of Rose Town Pharmacysaid that although recommended, if the extra-strength vaccine is not available, the regular flu shot is also excellent.

“Everyone should get the flu shot every year, it’s one of the easiest ways to avoid a really big headache and in some cases a really big problem,” Krezdorn said.

Experts said the difference in the extra-strength flu shot is the higher concentration of an antigen that boosts the immune system.

“Generally, as we age, our immune system weakens. So what they’re doing is over 65, the CDC recommends it if you can get it because you’re more likely to get a good immune response,” Krezdorn said.

He also said flu season usually runs from October to March, so people should get their flu shots during October. He added that if people get the flu shot before the weather changes, they will have antibodies for six months.

Although the past two flu seasons have not been so severe, experts have said the flu is serious and in some cases deadly.

“With COVID we’ve done a lot more hand washing, masks, avoiding large gatherings and that’s really helped get the flu through which we’re hopefully going through the end of COVID, we started relaxing on some of that,” Krezdorn said.

It is recommended that people get the flu shot even if they have had the flu before, because flu strains change every year.

“Keep doing the things we’ve been doing for the past few years to really protect you. Get your flu shot, now is the best time because the weather hasn’t quite changed yet,” Krezdorn said.

If you want to learn more about what the CDC recommends for flu shots, click here.

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