Battling a bad flu season

This year’s flu season has been especially tough. While some reports are noting that the flu vaccine was not particularly effective this year, it’s worth a reminder that the annual vaccine remains the best way to avoid getting the flu and suffering the miserable symptoms that go along with it. The vaccine even helps protect when it’s not well-matched to that season’s circulating strain!

While the flu affects everyone, older adults are especially vulnerable. Our immune systems naturally weaken with age. To help stop the spread of the flu, make sure to: cover coughs and sneezes; wash your hands well with soap and water; and read our evidence-based information!

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