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Flu Season Brings Stronger Vaccines And Revised Advice

11/7/2014

West Virginia Public Radio
By Patti Neighmond

The symptoms of the flu are familiar: fever, chills, cough, congestion, feeling very, very tired. If you're a healthy adult under 65, you'll most likely recover in a week or two.

But for those older than 65, things can get worse fast, says Dr. H. Keipp Talbot, an infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt University.

"It's not [just] a cold, it's not the chills, it's not a runny nose," she says. "For many people it can be hospitalization, pneumonia, worsening heart failure." Flu complications like these hospitalize more than 200,000 older adults every year, and thousands die.

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