Experts Say Elderly Need Better Flu Shot

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WASHINGTON – Put aside hypothetical worries about bird flu: Regular flu already kills elderly Americans in droves every winter because the vaccine simply doesn’t work as well inside aging bodies as young ones.

The National Institutes of Health wants to strengthen flu shots destined for the elderly, part of a push to get the nation to start treating influenza’s yearly attack as seriously as the threat of some super-flu striking in the future.

The message: Why wait for a pandemic to benefit from better flu vaccines and treatments?

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