In observance of National Immunization Awareness Month in August, the Georgia Department of Human Resources Division of Aging Services is encouraging older adults to protect themselves from the flu this year by getting vaccinated with the flu vaccine.
The flu season usually runs from late fall into March. On average, the flu is responsible for more than 200,000 hospitalizations and 36,000 deaths each year in the United States. Adults 50 and older are among those who are encouraged to get flu shots, starting in October and November.
In addition, adults aged 65 and older are encouraged to see their healthcare provider about getting a one-time revaccination against pneumococcal disease, if they received their first dose prior to age 65.
“We are taking the opportunity during the celebration of National Immunization Awareness Month to remind our older adult population to consult their healthcare providers later this year about their immunization needs.” Maria Greene, director of DAS said. “Our Aging Network and other partners assist older individuals, at-risk adults, persons with disabilities, their families, and caregivers to achieve safe, healthy, independent and self-reliant lives.”
For more information on adult immunizations, visit www.cdc.gov/flu/keyfacts.htm and http://health.state.ga.us/programs/immunization/adultimm.asp.
For more information on services for older and at-risk adults, visit www.aging.dhr.georgia.gov or call toll-free at 1-866-552-4464).