CDC panel recommends US seniors get souped-up flu vaccines

CDC panel recommends US seniors get souped-up flu vaccines (Photo: MGN)

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal advisory panel says Americans 65 and older should get newer, souped-up flu vaccines.

The panel unanimously recommended certain flu vaccines for seniors, whose weakened immune systems don’t respond as well to traditional shots.

Options include a high-dose vaccine, one with an added immune booster and one made with insect cells instead of chicken eggs.

U.S. officials currently say that all Americans 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine every season.

This would be the first time the government has stated a flu vaccine preference for older adults.

The panel’s recommendations usually are adopted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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