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WASHINGTON — The National Council on Aging on Tuesday announced that actor Lee Majors is joining the Council's Flu + You program to help encourage seniors to get their annual flu shots. As a part of his involvement in the Flu + You campaign, Majors will appear in a public service announcement that follows him as he embarks on "an important and action-packed mission: learning about his vaccine options and getting vaccinated against the flu."
The PSA will educate the public about the increased risk of flu in adults 65 years of age and older, and the importance of knowing your vaccine options and getting a flu vaccine.
“The CDC recommends an annual flu vaccine as the single best way to protect yourself from the flu, yet a third of people 65 [years] and older still don’t get vaccinated,” stated Richard Birkel, NCOA SVP healthy aging and director of NCOA’s Self-Management Alliance. “As NCOA continues to educate older adults about the flu and the potential severity of the illness, we hope to encourage more people to protect themselves and their loved ones by getting an annual flu shot.”
“I get the flu shot every year and encourage my peers to do the same — it’s a simple step you can take to protect yourself from the flu,” Majors said. “I urge everyone 65 years of age and older to talk to their health care provider about their vaccine options this flu season.”