Flu seasons can be variable, as measured by the experts.
One year flu is very mild and few people seem to be affected, while in other years many of us get a bad case of the flu and may wind up in the hospital.
This can be extremely dangerous for our senior loved ones.
Because it is hard to predict how — and who — the flu season will strike, many family caregivers don’t prepare as they should to keep their seniors and themselves flu-free.
What You Should Know and Do this Flu Season
It is that time of year again when we all need to get our flu shot, especially our senior loved ones, who are more vulnerable to contracting the flu.
It’s estimated that 90% of seasonal flu-related deaths and more than 60% of seasonal flu-related hospitalizations in the United States each year occur in people 65 years and older.
Because they are more susceptible due to weakened immune systems and devastating complications may result, we have some tips for action from the CDC:
- Get a flu shot! Encourage your senior and all who come in contact with them, including home caregivers and family members, get one too.
- Take precautions to prevent the spread of illness: covering your mouth during a cough, washing your hands frequently, and avoiding people and places that might expose your senior to illness.
- If you think you or your senior are developing flu symptoms, contact the doctor quickly for treatment – the earlier the better.
The flu can make chronic health problems worse, especially in older adults, so locate a provider near your senior to get a flu shot today. In addition to the doctor’s office, many pharmacies, health fairs and clinics are giving flu shots.
By the way, Medicare covers immunizations as a preventive care benefit.
It could take two weeks after the shot to have full immunity so experts agree that the time is now before the main flu season hits!
Preventing illness with timely vaccinations and health checkups is one way to help our senior loved ones stay as healthy as possible.
Getting a flu shot is just one prevention step.
Here are some articles to give you more information on steps for you both to stay healthy!