Elderly people are more prone to infectious diseases as the function of their immune system continuously declines with progression of age.

This becomes especially apparent during seasonal influenza outbreaks or the occurrence of other viral diseases such as COVID-19. As the efficacy of vaccination in the elderly is strongly reduced, this age group is particularly vulnerable to such infectious pathogens and often shows the highest mortality rate.

In addition to the age-related immune decline aged individuals are commonly affected by frailty that negatively impacts quality-of-life.

Read more…