With increasing age, the probability of flu infections leading to unpleasant or even life-threatening complications increases. Pneumonia, for example, is significantly more common in people over 60 years of age than in younger people1).
Several factors are responsible for this. With increasing age, muscle strength decreases and also has a negative effect on lung capacity. This is why pathogens can no longer be coughed up as effectively. In addition, the elasticity of the alveoli is reduced and the protective mucus layer in the lungs becomes smaller1. This makes it easier for germs to settle and cause pneumonia.
Studies also show that the effectiveness of the immune response decreases in older people2). Gradually, changes in the composition of the white blood cells can be observed in people over 60 years of age. For example, significantly fewer naive, i.e. non-activated, T and B cells are found than in younger adults, which limits the flexibility of the immune system.
In addition, typical age-related illnesses such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes weaken the body and its defensive functions.
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1: Falsey, A.R., and Walsh, E.E. (2006). Viral pneumonia in older adults. Clin Infect Dis 42, 518-524.
Two: Miller, R.A. (1996). The aging immune system: primer and prospectus. Science 273, 70-74.