Doctors encouraging high-dose flu shots for older generations

MINOT, N.D. - It's a good time to make sure you have your flu shot if you haven't gotten one yet, but if you're 65 years or older you may want to consider getting what's known as a high-dose shot.

Doctors say the shot has more antigens, which provokes a stronger immune response from the patient.

It's advised for older people, especially those suffering from chronic health problems, such as heart disease, COPD or diabetes.

“We know that people who have those chronic health problems are more likely to become sick, to be hospitalized, and to die from complications from influenza, so it is important that they get vaccinated,” said Dr. Casmiar Nwaigwe, an infectious disease specialist.

Dr. Nwaigwe says the shots are covered by insurance as with normal flu shots.. and there are no known health risks to the higher dose.