Flu shot recommendations differ for older people

3 years 8 months 1 week ago Monday, September 19 2016 Sep 19, 2016 Monday, September 19, 2016 6:16:00 PM CDT September 19, 2016 in News
By: Marissa Rubino, KOMU 8 News
loading

COLUMBIA - It seems as though health care providers are offering the flu vaccine earlier and earlier each year, but getting your flu shot early does not necessarily mean better protection. 

In fact, NPR recently aired a story in which immunologist Laura Haynes suggested people aged 65 and older wait to get the shot until late October. She cited a study endorsed by the CDC that found the standard flu vaccine tended to wear off more quickly in older adults. Therefore, waiting to be vaccinated would ensure the vaccine lasts through flu season, which runs from October to May. The CDC has not made any statement officially suggesting that older people wait to be vaccinated. 

The Boone County Health Department said it continues to follow the nationally accepted protocol for flu shots, which suggests everyone who can be vaccinated do so as soon as the vaccination becomes available. 

"We tend to get our shipments in mid September, a little later than I know some chain pharmacies do," Trina Teacutter said. Teacutter is the Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services Department nursing supervisor. She said the health department sees the bulk of their flu vaccinations between October and November.

Teacutter said the department does not differentiate based on age when to give the shot, however it offers special vaccines for infants and seniors. 

The infant vaccine contains a lower dose, and the senior vaccine contains a higher dose. 

A Hyvee spokesperson said the grocery chain also provides the senior-specific flu vaccine. 

The higher dose flu shot is intended for those aged 65 and older. The higher dose triggers a stronger immune response in patients, making it more effective for those with weak immune systems. 

The CDC's webpage for seniors and the flu states that in recent years, "between 71 and 85 percent of season flu- related deaths have occurred in people 65 years and older." 

Back in June, KOMU 8's Adam Pressler reported on the CDC's announcement that the nasal spray flu vaccine would not be effective this flu season. The health department is not offering that vaccine at all. 

The Boone County Health Department offers free flu shots to kids aged 6 months - 18 years, which KOMU 8 reported on here.

More News

Grid
List
FULTON - SERVE Inc. is asking for more volunteers and more supplies for their food pantry. Despite challenges like... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, May 31 2020 May 31, 2020 Sunday, May 31, 2020 12:51:00 PM CDT May 31, 2020 in News
(CNN) - SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule has opened its hatch, linking the spacecraft with the International Space Station. Astronauts... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, May 31 2020 May 31, 2020 Sunday, May 31, 2020 12:16:14 PM CDT May 31, 2020 in News
FERGUSON, Mo. — Police and protesters clashed outside the Ferguson Police Department as protests over the death... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, May 31 2020 May 31, 2020 Sunday, May 31, 2020 11:09:00 AM CDT May 31, 2020 in Top Stories
As COVID-19 spreads, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about the impacts on the community. ... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, May 31 2020 May 31, 2020 Sunday, May 31, 2020 10:06:00 AM CDT May 31, 2020 in News
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The mayor of Atlanta, one of dozens of U.S. cities hit by massive protests, has a... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, May 31 2020 May 31, 2020 Sunday, May 31, 2020 9:59:11 AM CDT May 31, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Gov. Mike Parson signed an executive order to declare a State of Emergency in Missouri because of... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, May 30 2020 May 30, 2020 Saturday, May 30, 2020 9:56:00 PM CDT May 30, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A motorcycle driver is seriously injured after losing control of his motorcycle on Saturday. Around 3:40... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, May 30 2020 May 30, 2020 Saturday, May 30, 2020 6:06:00 PM CDT May 30, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A new report shows black drivers were 95% more likely to be pulled over by Missouri... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, May 30 2020 May 30, 2020 Saturday, May 30, 2020 5:44:00 PM CDT May 30, 2020 in News
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — As if trips to the grocery store weren’t nerve-wracking enough, U.S. shoppers lately have seen... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, May 30 2020 May 30, 2020 Saturday, May 30, 2020 5:25:41 PM CDT May 30, 2020 in News
KBIA - The Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing announced today that they’re making clear, accessible masks... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, May 30 2020 May 30, 2020 Saturday, May 30, 2020 5:14:59 PM CDT May 30, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The Boone County Fair Board is hosting a 4H and Future Farmers of America (FFA) Youth Fair... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, May 30 2020 May 30, 2020 Saturday, May 30, 2020 5:05:02 PM CDT May 30, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA MISSOURIAN - The Daniel Boone Regional Library plans to reopen all buildings Wednesday. There will... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, May 30 2020 May 30, 2020 Saturday, May 30, 2020 4:52:40 PM CDT May 30, 2020 in News
(CNN) -- The US military on Friday ordered several police units to be ready for potential deployment to Minnesota as... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, May 30 2020 May 30, 2020 Saturday, May 30, 2020 4:41:14 PM CDT May 30, 2020 in News
ST. LOUIS (St. Louis Post-Dispatch) — Protesters blocked a downtown St. Louis interstate and set a fire in the road... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, May 30 2020 May 30, 2020 Saturday, May 30, 2020 4:17:51 PM CDT May 30, 2020 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A 7-year-old boy and and his 6-year-old brother died in an unincorporated area east of Kansas... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, May 30 2020 May 30, 2020 Saturday, May 30, 2020 4:13:56 PM CDT May 30, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA -- Americans have finally sent their own up to space again. Saturday’s SpaceX-NASA launch of the Falcon 9 Rocket... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, May 30 2020 May 30, 2020 Saturday, May 30, 2020 3:01:00 PM CDT May 30, 2020 in News
DALLAS COUNTY – Two people drowned Friday night in a Dallas County creek. Richard Berthiaume swam into Lindley Creek... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, May 30 2020 May 30, 2020 Saturday, May 30, 2020 2:54:29 PM CDT May 30, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The Clip Joint Salon customer Andrea is grateful for how the company's confirmed positive COVID-19 cases were handled... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, May 30 2020 May 30, 2020 Saturday, May 30, 2020 2:30:00 PM CDT May 30, 2020 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 66°
5am 66°
6am 65°
7am 67°
8am 71°