AMAC Urges Seniors to Get Flu Shots Early

The shots don’t hurt, but the flu can be downright deadly

BOHEMIA, NY, Sept 7 – “As you get older, your immune system gets weaker and you become more susceptible to the flu virus, so get your flu shots early – before this year’s outbreak begins later this month,” cautioned Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens.

Weber pointed out that “it is literally a matter of life and death for older Americans, particularly those over 65.”  He cited the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which reports that some 36,000 Americans die each year from the flu and that seniors account for 90% of those deaths.

The flu season starts in late September and early October, but it takes about two weeks for the vaccine to become fully effective.  So, Weber urges older Americans to get their shots as early as possible, noting that the vaccine is fully covered by Medicare.

“Set an appointment with your family doctor to get vaccinated as soon as this year’s batch of serum is available or go to the ‘Flu Near You’ Website [] to find locations by Zip Code where the vaccine will be available.”

Meanwhile, the AMAC chief suggested, “take precautions such as limiting contact with friends and relations who may be showing symptoms of illness like coughing and sneezing.  And, be sure to wash your hands thoroughly after excursions that involve mingling in crowded public spaces and after riding public transit systems.”

Weber pointed out that those who wind up getting the flu this year have recourse.  There are antiviral drugs available to treat the illness, particularly if you act quickly, he said.

The World Health Organization reports that flu vaccines can be up to 90 percent effective in preventing illness and that it slashes influenza death rates by as much as 80 percent.

“There is no need for anyone to risk infection.  The vaccine is widely available throughout the country and free for those on Medicare.  And for those older Americans who are not old enough for Medicare, many communities offer free and/or low cost vaccinations.  The shots don’t hurt, but the flu can be downright deadly,” Weber said.

NOTE TO EDITORS: Dan Weber is available for telephone interviews on this issue.  Please contact John Grimaldi at 917-846-8485 or [email protected] to set up a chat.


The Association of Mature American Citizens [] is a vibrant, vital and conservative alternative to those traditional organizations, such as AARP, that dominate the choices for mature Americans who want a say in the future of the nation.  Where those other organizations may boast of their power to set the agendas for their memberships, AMAC takes its marching orders from its members.  We act and speak on their behalf, protecting their interests, and offering a conservative insight on how to best solve the problems they face today.


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Joe D
9 years ago

I believe allot depends on the persons immune system to begin with. I have been less fortunate with Flu shots each time experiencing a 3 week bout with the flu. However I was taking Tri-clor for cholesterol and one of its side effects is a lowered immune system. My wife takes Esther – C and swears by it. she claims this is why she never gets the flu.

Michael Cannon
9 years ago

I’m 65 and haven’t had a flu shot in over 12 years.

I haven’t had the flu, a cold, a bacterial infection or viral infection since I first reestablished my Vitamin D levels over 12 years ago.

I keep my Vitamin D levels above 50 ng / ml. [I have a 25 (OH/D) test to confirm.]

I do keep my levels up by taking 5,000 IU’s of Vitamin D3 a day in the winter months.

In the summer months I get 20 minutes of sunshine every other day on a minimum of 80% of my skin. Then I take 5,000 IU’s of Vitamin D3 on the days I don’t get in the sun.

I don’t get sunburned or sick and my immune system is just fine.

Go to for the facts.

Steve & Pegi Hayes
9 years ago

Please locate our thoughtful response of 09-08-12 to this flu shot article, and post it here. Much Thanks, Dr. & Mrs. Stephen P. Hayes.

Lise McLain
9 years ago


AMAC is a fool for suggesting flu shots.

Flu shots are dangerous.

How about recommending Vitamin C instead.

Thank you!

9 years ago
Reply to  Lise McLain

Get well soon, have plnety of rest, plnety of lovely food and drink and spoil yourself.You couldn’t possibly let a golden opportunity like recovering from flu go to waste. I’d make the most of it if I were you.Greetings from Friko

9 years ago

Thanks for reminding us about our Flu shots will do……

9 years ago

I resent you supporting vaccinations, flu shots, or anything that is AMA related. The effectiveness of shots and vaccinations are fairly unproven, if you actually do the real research. I take supplements. Everyone else is laying around sick and I am fine.

I am not a member of AMAC to have western medical treatments promoted. I eat organic, I grow organic, I take supplements and herbs, and I want the freedom to do so. I joined AMAC so you would use my money to support freedom from Big Pharma, Big Ag, Big Banking and Big Chemical.

9 years ago
Reply to  JM

Good grief! Toot toot toot. Get a life and get the shots.

Sue Navratil
9 years ago
Reply to  Kayelr88

Go ahead-get the Flu vaccine-be ready for side effects!!! Alzeimers disease is one possibility!!

Enjoy your propaganda laced ‘protection’, however I will not!!!

9 years ago

An on line health newsletter/advertisement (sorry, I can’t remember which one), claimed that, according to at least one study, flu shots increased the chances for Alzheimer’s dementia. Does anyone have info about this?

9 years ago

Despite the WHO (who?), flu shots are not effective, especially since most people don’t really even get true flu, but a virus of some sort. This year’s flu shot is based on last year’s flu. No way the same flu this year. Sure would be nice to hear some alternative solutions-wash your hands, take vitamin c, vitamin d3, (and not the pitiful dosages recommended by the mainstream). Anybody ever listen to the other side?

Steve & Pegi Hayes
9 years ago

I have watched my fellow seniors carefully read the nutritional listings of packaged food to ensure that the contents properly met their desired needs (caloric content, low or no salt, no corn syrup, not genetically modified, etc.). In fact, the FDA mandates that the contents of food be listed so that consumers can more effectively decide what they need to eat to stay healthy. In this arena, there is NO major disconnect between the grocer and the shopper.

I have also watched my fellow seniors passively line up at many locations (senior enters, pharmacy outlets, etc.) to be directly injected with the “proper” vaccine for the “epidemic of the season”. These seniors were neither encouraged to or provided the proper time to read the detailed “spec sheet” for the vaccine they were about to receive. The “spec sheet” lists (in small print) the specific components contained within the injection, as well as any potential complicating or mitigating factors resulting from the vaccine itself. Is this oversight intentional by the FDA*? In any case, it IS a major disconnect between the doctor/ pharmacist and the patient.
*The Bigger the Government, the Smaller the Citizen!

Mike Richardson
9 years ago

I couldn’t disagree with you more about the annual influenza shots, and the claim by CDC and pharmceutical industry about the benefits to children or seniors. Best defense is universal handwashing precaution’s, getting enough rest, exercising, eating plenty of fresh vegetables/fruits, proper hydrations/not sodas surgary juices, as well as avoiding sick persons to manage the season. If you read the studies making claims, the statistics do not support the strong benefits of protections, or reduction in the rate of infections. Every year I watch this, and those immunized almost always get the flu, while those that don’t practice some degree of the above mentioned, and do not get sick! Not exactly scientific, but more than a coincedence. I left the other organization for seniors for this kind of thing, and find this similar business here. Not good! Consider providing an unbiased recommendation for every health issue, instead of the organizations with the monoplies on information. Just a thought! Need be, I’ll volunteer as a resource!

9 years ago

I FORGOT TO GET MY FLU SHOT LAST YEAR AND I GOT THE FLU! SOON AS I felt better I got the shot since there was most of the winter stll ahead. Usually when I go in the VA some one comes around and asks if you have had your Flu Shot; if not they make sure you get it. They are pretty proficient that way.

9 years ago

I have had the flu. When the flu shots became availble, many years ago, I began taking them. No longer did I have to deal with the flu. In the mid eighties I developed many food allergies, including eggs. So I did not take the flu shots. Then in 1990 I had the real flu at Thanksgiving and at Christmas. Two different strains and they were tough. The next year I contacted my allergist. He gave me permission to take a flu shot so long as a doctor was in attendance for a while after receiving the shot. Since I worked at an outpatient surgery center, this was easily arranged. I have taken a flu shot every year since and have not had the flu. The shots do effect me for 2- 4 days, depending on what is is the shot. Some sniffles, achiness and a general malaise. But not near what the flu does. Real flu takes weeks to totally get over.

9 years ago

There aren’t very many people going to this site. Looking at the way they handled the
Clint Eastwood talk article, they aren’t going to attract very many to their writings.

9 years ago

I have sent a message about the AMAC telling us to get shots, twice now. Just to sure the
first time didn’t make it because of a technical error.
It has not appear on this chat site for at least 20 minutes now. I wonder why.

Gordon Schwarzer
9 years ago

I’m truly surprised at the negative comments and misinformation coming forth from our “elderly” friends. I have made
it to 79 years and have had flu shots all my life. Not once have I been compromised by getting the flu. As stated in
the article it’s equally important to wash your hands after being out in the public. You don’t have to put contaminated
fingers in your mouth. Just rubbing your eyes or nose will do. So “old people” wise up, consult your doctor.

9 years ago

In Response to: Gordon Schwarzer says: 09/08/2012 at 12:08 pm

Because People’s experience is different then yours doesn’t mean it is misinformation.
If you hadn’t taken the shots, you still may not have had the flu. Your body may be naturally
resistant to the flu.

9 years ago

Believe I should respond with a plug for the other side. I retired from the military in the mid seventies, and elected to
quit taking flu shots, as they were mandatory during my years on active duty. I caught the flu two years in a row, and
was miserable. I elected to resume taking the shots, and have not had the flu since 1976. I may be just lucky, but
it sure beats having the flu!

Jim Darnall
9 years ago

Unfortuneately AMAC you are advising flu sots on intentionally misguided information and research.
Firsr of all the flu shot has , to my knowledge, never stopped anyone from gettin the flu. THere is also lots of research showing how dangerous it is ti our children, pregnant mothers and our elderly. Please do your research before advising this to the elderly. By the way you must get away from mainstream medical information. They support the drug companies who are making a killing in profits from mostly toxic and dangerous shots. Incourage people to keep their immune system healthy and they will be a lot better off. Thank you..

9 years ago
Reply to  Jim Darnall

Amen! To this message.

9 years ago

If you keep this up you can sink even lower that AARP. Where is your brain? If you are listening [and reading] you know the flu shot is designed to reduce the population and increase the profits of the medical industry. I left AARP for just such behavior. Where do I go now since you are no longer for the member?


9 years ago
Reply to  Jim

I had the same reaction to this recommendation. I’m 69 and have major reservations related to getting these shots that, besides being immediately dangerous for a small percentage (and maybe longer term side-effects for all not recognized) only have a 50% or less likelihood of being effective for the strain of flu that finally emerges.

9 years ago

Sometimes I am disappointed with some of the articles that appear in the AMAC newsletter. Don’t get me wrong, I am a member and have never been a member of AARP as I figured out many years ago they were not for we seniors, they were all about padding their own pockets. An article in today’s newsletter caught my attention regarding the flu shots. I would not take a flu shot on a bet, never have and don’t ever plan to. My parents were convinced by their doctor to take the flu shop several years ago, they were elderly and thought they were doing the right thing. Both of them were very sick with the flu ALL winter long and we weren’t sure they were even going to survive the winter. They never again took the shot and never again did either of them have the flu. I may be way off base but I am not so sure I am, because I believe that anytime the government is pushing any type of shot, best to do a lot of research before deciding to make that move, especially when you think about what is coming down on us with the new obamacare. Many of the flu shots over the years have had little or no scientific studies. Then along comes a new word a few years ago, pandemic created from panic and epidemic, isn’t that amazing, seems to me someone perhaps the government or maybe the biased media was trying to convince people that if they didn’t take the flu shot, it would cause an epidemic in this Country. Well that didn’t work so well. Did anyone ever stop and think about how quickly they can produce these flu vaccines? And on closing, here is some food for thought. I am sure everyone has heard about the microchipping that is being planned for everyone supposedly so your medical records will be readily available if needed in an emergency, sure hope no one believes that one, it is easy enough to carry a slip of paper listing those. How do you think this will be accomplished? Every think about how small those chips are and how they can be implanted into your body without your knowledge? Just my personal opinions but definitely something to think about.

Celtic Rune
9 years ago
Reply to  Ruth

I’m a senior and have foregone the flu shot the past 5 years. Every time I got the flu shot, I became ill and in bed for about 3 days…… more for me. I don’t trust these idiots.

9 years ago

WHY doesn’t anyone care??

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