Higher-dose flu vaccine is more protective in people over 65

Published: October, 2014

A study published in the Aug. 14, 2014, New England Journal of Medicine indicates that a high-dose version of the flu vaccine is more effective than the standard dose in preventing the flu for people over 65. The vaccine manufacturer, Sanofi Pasteur, had been required by the FDA to demonstrate that the high-dose version, which contains four times the dose of immune-stimulating antigens, actually works better than the standard dose.

About 32,000 people over 65 were randomly assigned to get either the standard flu vaccine or the high-dose version. All were asked to report any flulike illness they got over the next few months.

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