Swine Flu in Elderly

Swine flu may not be a big problem for elderly people. Most elderly people have been exposed to other flu outbreaks throughout their lives. As a result, some of them may have residual immunity against the H1N1 flu strain. Swine flu generally only becomes a major concern for elderly people who have an underlying condition.

Fast Facts:

  • Elderly people are not included on the government's swine flu vaccine priority list.
  • It is recommended that the elderly are vaccinated for both seasonal flu and swine flu.
  • Health care providers are urging those within retirement communities to take preventive measures to help reduce the spread of swine flu.