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Flu Treatment and Support for Adults 65 & Up

The flu is a dreaded respiratory virus that is hard to deal with at any age, but it tends to be more severe in adults aged 65 and older. Every year, adults aged 65 and up make up about 50 to 70% of those hospitalized for the flu. The reason why is because older adults tend to have age-related immune defense deficiencies compared to younger, healthier adults.

Being prepared is your best defense. You can protect your senior loved one by making sure they are vaccinated against the seasonal flu and wash hands frequently with soap and water. Make sure they drink plenty of liquids and avoid crowds when unnecessary. Make sure they limit touching their mouth, nose, or eyes to avoid the transfer of germs. When coughing or sneezing, they should use a tissue or the crook of their elbow.

Flu vaccines are updated every year to keep up with mutations of the virus. Also, immunity wanes after a year, making annual vaccination the best possible protection against a severe bout of flu. The vaccine protects against flu viruses most common in the upcoming flu season. Older adults should also be up to date with a pneumococcal vaccine that prevents diseases such as pneumonia, meningitis, and bloodstream infections.

Contact a Doctor if You Notice These Symptoms

Seniors are at particular risk of having a more severe bout of the flu. Getting a flu shot and keeping regular appointments with a doctor are important ways to avoid becoming ill. Fever, chills, headache, sore throat, fatigue, and muscle aches are all common flu symptoms to be aware of. Speak to your physician today about our flu program and the services we provide at home to help you recover.

If you notice any of the following, call a doctor immediately:

  • Labored breathing
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Constant vomiting
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
  • Confusion
  • Seizures
  • Severe muscle aches
  • Worsening of chronic medical conditions

If you need additional elder care assistance, you can rely on our team at Choice Health at Home to monitor and safeguard your loved one’s wellbeing during flu season and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Contact us at 855.485.8273 to learn more.

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