Aug 22, 2017 by Tammara LaCasse
The flu is not something that you want to experience, especially if you are 65 or older. While the flu is sometimes mild, it can be very difficult to deal with and the complications that arise from it may send you to the hospital, especially if you have a weakened immune system. Senior in home care services can help your loved one prevent the flu and protect themselves against it, even with flu season right around the corner.
The common flu is one of the most contagious illnesses out there because it is spread from human to human via respiratory drops, which means you can catch it from someone sneezing or even coughing. Seniors can even catch the flu from touching a shopping cart handle that someone with the flu already touched.
Since senior citizens are at risk of developing complications related to the flu, experts recommend that seniors receive the flu vaccination. This vaccine is typically administered from September through till April with the start of flu season often occurring sometime in November. The flu shot is required annually to stay up to date and to fight off any symptoms of the flu.
Seniors who are at high risk should work closely with their senior in home care services provider to ensure that they have the proper protection when they do go out into public. In fact, a senior in home care services provider should be able to wipe down shopping carts for seniors, open doors, and even help them avoid crowded areas where sickness is likely to spread.
One of the most important things to keep in mind is that just because a senior may have a strong immune system or they do not feel sick, it does not mean they cannot catch the flu. Vaccinations can help to protect seniors.
If you would like to discuss senior in home care services, call Comfort Keepers today.