We may not be in the traditional flu season yet, but the National Council on Aging is urging seniors to get their flu shots earlier rather than waiting.
So the NCOA is pushing a new initiative called "Flu + You".
The goal is educate senior citizens and their caregivers about the seriousness of the flu and get the elderly vaccinated early. After all, nine out of ten flu-related deaths occur in people over the age of 65.
Another reason not to wait, it was only a few weeks ago First Coast News reported an emergence of the summer flu.
"We have the whole aging, silver Tsunami happening, the 65 and older baby boomers and this creates the big wave of individuals who really do need to get this information and take it seriously. As well as get their flu shots to keep themselves safe and healthy," says Andrea Spencer with Elder Source.
First For You, senior citizens can get the flu shot for free. To find out where you can call your physician or Elder Source at 1-888-242-4464.
First Coast News