With the flu season approaching, Door and Kewaunee County residents who are 65 and older now have the option of high dose flu vaccines. The Centers for Disease Control says the majority of flu-related deaths occur among older Americans. So, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has licensed two high dose vaccines for those over 65. Door County Public Health Nurse Sue Powers says the decision of whether to use Fluzone High Dose or FLUAD should be made with help from health care professionals.
The Door County Public Health Department will provide flu shots, however, it is not administering the high dose flu vaccines. Powers also recommends people follow common sense health practices to keep from spreading the flu. That includes covering sneezes and coughs, keeping your distance from those who are sick, stay home if you've got the flu and regular handwashing with soap and water.