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During the flu season, people are wary of the dangerous virus. Its an exciting thought that a second-dose of the flu shot may increase our immunity to the flu as other booster shots do for other diseases. With even more protection, some might think risks of the flu could disappear. People 65 years and older should get a flu shot and not a nasal spray vaccine. They can get any flu vaccine approved for use in that age group with no preference for any one vaccine over another. Booster doses can make the flu vaccine more effective, but the benefit is limited to a few specific groups. Children are one group that may benefit from receiving two doses of influenza vaccine. Nonpregnant, healthy people between ages 5 and 49 can be immunized with either the flu shot or the nasal spray vaccine flumist. Flu shot the flu shot is typically given to people six months and older. It is an inactive vaccine, which means it is made using a dead form of the viruses the shot protects against. Everyone 6 months of age and older are recommended to get the flu vaccine, including even the healthiest adults. Vaccination is especially important for people at high risk of serious influenza complications or people who live with or care for people at higher risk for serious complications. Adults who have never had a flu shot until this season also wont benefit from a second one in the same year. (a dose of tdap has been recommended for all adults since 2005, but only about 20 percent of older adults have ever received it, according to the cdc.). The flu is more likely to cause severe illness and even death in older adults. Other vaccine-preventable diseases such as herpes zoster (shingles) and pneumococcal disease are more common with age.