The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 90 percent of flu-related deaths and more than 50 percent of flu-related hospital stays involve seniors age 65 and over. Now is the time for Fairfax seniors and their family caregivers to schedule a visit with their physicians in order to discuss flu vaccines.
Seniors are more susceptible to flu than other members of the population because of weakened immune systems.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends getting the flu shot as soon as the vaccine becomes available because it takes the body about two weeks to build immunity. This season, people 65 years and older will have a choice between the traditional flu vaccine dose and a new flu vaccine dose designed especially for the senior population. Both vaccines will protect against the same flu vaccines and a family doctor can help seniors decide upon the best choice for their particular needs.
Practice flu prevention:
- Avoid others that may have the flu
- Stay home when you are sick
- Cover coughs and sneezes
- Wash hands often
- Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth
- Get plenty of sleep
- Stay physically active
- Manage stress
- Drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food.
Seek medical advice quickly if you develop flu symptoms:
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Body aches
- Chills anf fatigue
- Vomiting and diarrhea
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle through good nutrition is one flu prevention method that seniors can monitor on their own. For additional information on good strategies for senior nutrition, please visit Craving Companionship™.
If you have flu prevention tips that you would like to share with our readers, please share them below or on our Caregiver Forum.
We hope this was helpful. If you have any questions or if you know of a senior who could benefit from our vast array of home care services in the Fairfax area , please call us at 703.750.6644, or email us. We accept most long term care insurance as payment and have a full time staff of trained and certified home care personnel covering the Fairfax County, Virginia area.