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High Dose Influenza Vaccine

This 2010-2011 flu season offers the “high-dose” influenza vaccine to older patients.  It is indicated in patients > 65 years of age for seasonal influenza prophylaxis.  There are two schools of thought when it comes to the reasoning behind the high dose vaccine.  The first is that it is thought that a patient’s  immune system weaken as he/she grows older and are therefore not able to mount an immunologic response to an infection as well as a young patient.  The second thought is that aging also decreases the body’s ability to build a stro

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