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Flu Shot May Not Work as Well for Seniors
Date:2/6/2013

flu season can begin as early as October.

Older people may also want to avoid being around others who are sick, and be vigilant for potential flu symptoms, Jiang said. Those include fever, chills, sore throat, headache and body aches.

Jiang advised calling your doctor right away if you have those symptoms: There are prescription anti-flu drugs, but they work best if you start them within two days of developing symptoms.

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Learn more about the flu from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

SOURCES: Ning Jenny Jiang, Ph.D., assistant professor, biomedical engineering, University of Texas at Austin; Nicholas Kelley, Ph.D., research associate, Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, University of Minnesota, Minn.; Andrew Pavia, M.D., chief, pediatric infectious diseases, University of Utah, Salt Lake City; Feb. 6, 2013, Science Translational Medicine


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