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Most NJ seniors and elders are aware of the need to prepare for the winters. One way we do that to insure that our health remains strong is to get a flu shot. By doing this, it can reduce the risk of influenza-related death among people 65 and older.
But according to a recent study by researchers at the George Washington University in Washington D.C., the study suggests that influenza-related death among people 65 and older may be exaggerated, say researchers who reviewed the available scientific evidence.
This exaggeration is the result of “frailty selection bias”Â – where “not so frail” older people are vaccinated more often than those who are infirm, the team said. It’s also due to the use of non-specific clinical trail endpoints, such as death from any and all causes, wrote a group led by Dr. Lone Simonsen, of George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
You will find the latest reported study in the October issue of The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal.
The researchers noted that few clinical trials of flu vaccines have included seniors, especially those aged 70 and older – the age group that accounts for 75 percent of all influenza-related deaths. Those studies that have been conducted with seniors suggested a steady decline in clinical benefits and vaccine antibody responses after age 70.
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