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American College of Physicians

Healthcare Professionals Play a Critical Role in Protecting Older Adults Against Influenza (Flu)

Did you know that in the US, adults age 65 years and older account for more than half (50-70%) of flu-related hospitalizations and most (85%) flu-related deaths?

The phenomenon known as immunosenescence describes how the body grows weaker with aging, making the immune system less effective in fighting off infections. As a result, adults age 65+ have an increased risk of hospitalization and complications from flu…