You might have already gotten this year’s flu vaccine, and that’s a good thing: Each year, about 90 percent of seasonal flu-related deaths and over 60 percent of seasonal flu-related hospitalizations in the US involve people 65 years and over. The CDC explains that, as we age, our human system weakens. But adults of every age can benefit from the protection of a flu shot. Unfortunately, there’s no vaccination for the common cold, even though it can make you feel miserable. For that, you need to be your own defensive coordinator.
Here’s what you can do to protect yourself and those around you: