If you're 65 or older, you have a higher chance of getting very sick from the flu. This is because it's harder for your body to fight off germs that can make you sick. And this is why you should get your yearly flu shot.
As many as 7 out of 10 people in the hospital for flu are over 65. And 8 out of 10 people who die from the flu are over 65. The flu shot is a simple way to keep yourself safe from the flu.
Best time to get your flu shot
The best time to get your flu shot is by the end of October. Once you get your shot, your body needs about 2 weeks to get ready to fight the flu.
Flu season usually runs from November through the end of April. If it’s past October and you didn’t get your flu shot yet, get it. It’ll help keep you safe for the rest of the flu season.