Seniors Should Avoid The High-Dose Flu Vaccine Says Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports is advising those 65 or older to get the regular flu vaccine instead of the Fluzone High-Dose shots.

“With four times the amount of antigen as in a regular flue vaccine, the Fluzone High-Dose vaccine might seem to offer four times the protection,” says Consumer Reports in its On Health January magazine.

“But our medical advisers say that older adults should skip the higher-dose shot until more is known about it  – especially because it can cause more side effects than the usual vaccine.”

Side effects include “fever, headaches, malaise, muscle aches, and soreness at the injection site.”



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