INFLUENZA VACCINE OPTIONS – 65 & Older
Influenza Vaccine Options
for Individuals 65 years & older
Agriflu (GOOD) – This is a standard influenza vaccine that the Travel Clinic is giving free to all individuals. This vaccine is effective in those under 65 years but only moderately effective in the over 65 age group.
Fluad (BETTER) – This is a better influenza vaccine for the over 65 age group. This vaccine contains an adjuvant that makes older immune systems respond better to a vaccine. It has a better immune response than regular flu vaccine in those over 65. It is available at the Travel Clinic for $25.
High-Dose Fluzone (BEST) – This is the best influenza vaccine for the over 65 age group. It contains 4 times the antigen of a standard dose of influenza vaccine and is 24% more efficacious than regular flu vaccine. The cost of this vaccine is $75.
General Note – all flu vaccine can cause local pain and redness at the injection site. Some people might experience low grade fever & muscle aches. All of these vaccines are killed and cannot give you influenza.