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People 65 and Older Recommended To Update Their Vaccinations

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MANKATO, Minn. -

As we move into the winter months, it isrecommended to stay up to date with vaccinations to preempt the season'sillnesses.

People 65 years of age or older are highly advised to updatetheir vaccinations. Vaccinations should cover pneumonia, shingles, tetanusshots, and of course their yearly flu shot.

36 thousand people pass away annually from the flu, amajority of which are older than 65 due to a decreased response in immunesystems. A vaccine will reduce your chances of becoming ill. At age 65 andolder, vaccines are administered in higher doses, and will help to lessen anillnesses effect.

Dr. Rick Peller, M.D. says "Even though youare vaccinated, when you get the disease you tend to have a less severe course.Even if you get the disease, which we prefer you didn't have, it doesn't tendto be quite as severe."

The key complaint about vaccinations istemporary aching at the injection site.