Conclusions: in healthy elderly people, fear of the side-effects of influenza vaccination and perceived good health seem to be the main factors leading to non-compliance. Better and more specific information about the paucity of systemic side-effects should accompany the invitations.
Reasons people in the “don’t care” group declined included not being able to find a place that had the vaccine; cost of the vaccine; forgetting to be vaccinated; the inconvenience of being vaccinated; and purported allergy to influenza vaccine.
High Dose and Adjuvanted Flu Vaccine Side Effects Side effects can include pain, redness or swelling at the injection site, headache, muscle ache and malaise, and typically resolve with 1 to 3 days.
In response to a regular flu shot, older people produce 50% to 75% fewer antibodies, which protect against the vaccine antigens, than do younger adults. Studies have found higher antibody levels in older adults who received high-dose flu vaccines than in those who received standard-dose flu vaccines.
Jehovah’s Witnesses condemned the practice of vaccination in 1931 as “a direct violation of the everlasting covenant that God made with Noah after the flood”, but reversed that policy in 1952. The decision of whether to vaccinate themselves or their family is left to individuals.
Mild symptoms may occur in some people after being immunized, especially those receiving the vaccine for the first time. Symptoms can include fever, headache, aching muscles and fatigue that may last 1 to 2 days. These symptoms are less severe and last a shorter time compared to influenza infection.
Some side effects that may occur from a flu shot include soreness, redness, and/or swelling where the shot was given, headache (low grade), fever, nausea, muscle aches, and fatigue. The flu shot, like other injections, can occasionally cause fainting.
Fluzone High-Dose Quadrivalent is the only licensed high-dose inactivated influenza (flu) vaccine; it is manufactured by Sanofi Pasteur Inc. Fluzone High-Dose Quadrivalent is a four-component (quadrivalent) flu vaccine approved for people 65 years and older.
Medicare Coverage of Flu Shots People who are 65 and older are at an increased risk of developing serious health complications from the flu. Flu shots are covered by Medicare as a free preventive service.
The flu shot offers protection against the flu for about 6 months. A person should get a flu shot every year, and the best time to get one is the end of October.
5 Vaccines Recommended for Adults Age 65 and Older
What do Jehovah’s Witnesses Believe? Witnesses believe in one God, not the Trinity. Like most Christians, they believe that Jesus Christ died for humankind’s sins, however they do not believe that he was physically resurrected after his crucifixion. They believe that he was only spiritually resurrected.
There are two new vaccines licensed for use during the 2020-2021 flu season. The first is a quadrivalent high-dose vaccine licensed for use in adults 65 years and older. This vaccine will replace the previously licensed trivalent high-dose vaccine.
Jehovah’s Witnesses do not observe holidays they believe to have pagan origins, such as Christmas, Easter, and birthdays. They do not salute the national flag or sing the national anthem, and they refuse military service. They also refuse blood transfusions, even those that could be life saving.