HHS reminds seniors to get flu shots

The Department of Health and Human Services is holding a Web chat this afternoon to inform seniors about how they can protect themselves against the flu this season.

The first order of business: Seniors should get a flu shot to protect not only themselves but their spouse, children and grandchildren, as well.

"For older adults," HHS warns, "the seasonal flu can be very serious, even deadly. Each year in the U.S., deaths from flu-related causes range from 3,300 to 48,600 (average of 23,600), and more than 200,000 are hospitalized from serious flu complications. Ninety percent of flu-related deaths and more than half of flu-related hospitalizations occur in people age 65 and older."

More tips are available here

The Webcast will feature HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Medicare administrator Donald Berwick, nurse Alicia Georges of AARP and Nancy Cox, director of the Influenza Division at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It can be accessed here starting at 1:15 p.m.