Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Flu is Hitting US Older People at very High Rates

Influenza, known as "flu," is attacking seniors across the US. 

This strain, H3N2, is emerging as the most dangerous for older people.  USA Today reports that those over 65 years are dying at the rate of 116 per 100,000 persons.  This rate is the highest that the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has seen. Experts expect the death rate to go higher as more elders catch this version of the flu. 

It's not too late to get a vaccination against this virus. 

If you begin to feel sick, contact a doctor right away.  Anti-viral drugs, taken within 48 hours of the onset, are very helpful in preventing complications and keeping people out of the hospital.

Take care of yourself--whether you are 15, 50, 85 or 105 years old.

Susanne Paul
Global Action on Aging

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