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B. C. nursing homes urged to allow elderly people in nursing homes to buy high-dose flu vaccines: report

The elderly account for 70% of hospital admissions related to the flu

An advocacy group for the elderly asks nursing homes to make high-dose flu vaccines available to buy for the elderly who live in long-term care.

The move comes when Australia faces a deadly outbreak of flu that has killed 400 people and experts warn that Canada could face a similar crisis in the fall.

The elderly account for 70% of hospital admissions and 90% of flu-related deaths, the organization said.

"As we prepare for a season of harsh influence, it is essential to take all precautions to protect our most vulnerable population," said Daniel Fontaine, CEO of BC Care Providers, in a press release.

"High-dose influenza vaccine is our best shot at keeping the elderly safe and out of the hospital."

The high dose influenza vaccine is recommended by the National Immunization Advisory Committee for adults aged 65 and over. This version of the vaccine contains four times the amount of antigen as a standard.

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