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Vaccination against influenza in the elderly significantly reduces the risk of death. However, only 20% is protected


More than 2 million people live in the Czech Republic – 65 in the Czech Everyone has the right to the flu vaccine. Elderly people belong to the so-called risky group of the population because they are at risk of serious illness and other complications.2nd People over the age of 65 are 60 times more likely to die and are often the most affected category from the flu.3 a Vaccine is the only prevention method that effectively protects the gene, relieves the course of the disease and prevents fatal consequences. Nevertheless, only 20% of seniors in the Czech Republic 65+.4

75-90% of total people
Over 65 years of age for influenza death.3b, 5a"The cause of death is not only the disease itself, but also other health problems.
Complications of flu.
physiological changes – in addition to metabolism, muscle mass or function, and
tissue morphology also changes the immune system and this leads to a decrease.
resistance to various infections such as influenza, "
says MD. Zdenvk Jágrvádirector
The Antiepidemic Department of the Prague Capital Hygienic Station.

Danger of disease
In the elderly, influenza is increasingly associated with chronic diseases.
old people often find themselves. Experts say one or more illnesses at the same time
90% of people over the age of 70 suffer from. Statistics show that up to 3/4 people
Cardiovascular diseases in the 65+ age group, half increased
blood pressure, 37% ischemic heart disease.6 Another favorites
The problem is diabetes, which affects up to 20% of the elderly. her
the danger lies in the fact that in the past years, danger could manifest itself.
atypical and nonspecific symptoms.7 Age is a risk factor
also in association with pneumonia (pneumonia)
The decrease of immune defenses is increasing especially after 65 years.5b

Influenza in Chronic Patients – Double Gun

"The chill of chronic disease is twofold. Individual chronic
When diseases increase the risk of influenza, influenza also contributes significantly
worsening of current health condition. Still, it's not just remarkable
among the top-level populations, but in the Czech Republic in general, "
warns MD. Zdenvk Jágrvá. Czech Republic
only 5-6%3cAbout 20% among the elderly4b.
Both World Health Organization and European Institutions propose vaccination
at least 75% of seniors.3d Seniors in Czech
The Republic is entitled to a flu vaccine as a risk group. completely
This year's Vaxigrip tetra four lover vaccine is also covered
The last season in the Czech market. Compared to the previous three-walled
Vaccines against four circulating influenza strains (two strains A and
two strains B) and provide greater protection.


The benefits of vaccination have been confirmed by a number of scientific studies. In addition to direct effect, vaccination also plays a secondary role in preventing complications, hospitalizations and deaths. As for the elderly, elderly people living outside care centers contribute to a 30-70% reduction in hospitalization due to pneumonia and influenza. For elderly people living in care facilities, vaccination reaches 50-60% of the efficacy in prevention of hospital or pneumonia, and up to 80% of efficacy in prevention of death.8 In practice this means that the vaccinated elderly may be sick, but the course of the disease is mild and the life is significantly less vulnerable if it is not vaccinated.

Pen Md. Kate ,ina Jíchová,

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