In last week’s blog, we wrote about how the CDC is calling this the longest, harshest flu season we’ve had in a decade. It’s still an issue, with even more deaths and hospitalizations nationwide.
seniors are especially susceptible, and more at risk for complications
that could lead to hospitalization or even death, it is extremely
important to take every necessary precaution to protect them from flu.
To help, here are five things that we at Home Instead Senior Care of the
Southeast Valley are recommending to our clients and CAREGivers.
Get a Flu Shot: We’ve said this before,
but we can’t stress it strongly enough - if you haven’t gotten a flu
shot, please get one. Today. The CDC considers getting a flu vaccine the
first and most important step in protecting against the flu and one
vaccine per flu season is covered by Medicare. We strongly encourage all
seniors and those in frequent contact with seniors to get vaccinated if
they haven’t already this year.
Practice Good Handwashing: Wash
hands with soap frequently or use alcohol-based hand sanitizers,
especially after you cough, sneeze or touch you face, after you’ve been
outside or in public, and before you eat. Take advantage of hand and
cart sanitizers that are offered in many stores, doctor’s offices and
other public places.
Sneeze Sense: Droplets from a sneeze or a
cough can travel up to six feet. Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue
and dispose of the tissue immediately. If a tissue is not available,
cough or sneeze into your sleeve. It may sound unappealing, but it’s
better than spreading or catching the flu.
Get Better Before Getting Back To Work: Stay home when sick and do not return to school or work until 24 hours after a fever.
Rest Well, Eat Well: A 2009 study
by Carnegie Mellon University found that people who got eight or more
hours of sleep were less likely to come down with a respiratory virus (
like the flu or a cold) ─ even when a live virus was placed directly in
their nose ─ than those who'd slept for fewer than seven hours. Experts
also advise a diet rich in Vitamins C and D and plenty of exercise.
We want 2013 to be healthy for you and your loved ones. For more
information about senior and caregiver well-being, please visit our website, Like us on Facebook or contact us at 480-827-4343.
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