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It is a widely recognized fact that the flu can be extremely dangerous. But, as people age, the body’s natural immune system weakens, and viruses like the flu can be deadly. People 65 and older are at a much greater risk of developing complications from the flu than younger adults. In fact, the CDC has reported that in recent years, an estimated 70-90 percent of flu-related deaths occurred in people 65 years of age or older.

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Health headlines from 2013 show that last year held many changes, but while the Affordable Care Act may have been a big news story, infectious diseases provided a wide variety of top stories. Even if you are feeling well, it is important for you and your senior home care services personnel to keep these illnesses in mind:

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Doctors recommend anyone who is 6 months or older get a flu shot, even older adults. Since the flu evolves every year and different strains are more prominent than others, an annual vaccination is best. As fall marks the start of flu season, Americans are encouraged to get protected early. 

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