You’ve probably heard the news that the first case of Ebola has been
discovered in the U.S. and that has a lot of people freaked out.
there’s another virus going around that kills up to 50,000 Americans
every year and many put off taking the single most effective precaution
available to prevent it. We’re talking, of course, about the flu… and
the importance of getting a flu shot.
While flu shots don’t
protect against all strains of flu, they are a huge step in the right
direction. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) cites
one study that says flu vaccination was associated with a 71% reduction
in flu-related hospitalizations among adults of all ages and a 77%
reduction among adults 50 years of age and older during a given flu
For seniors and those who care for them, protecting
against flu is especially important. 90 percent of flu-related deaths
and more than half of flu-related hospitalizations occur in people age
65 and older.
Also, since seniors tend to have a more vulnerable immune system, they are more likely
to catch flu from someone with whom they have regular contact. That’s a
strong case for senior care workers and family members to get the shot.
Another one is their own well-being. It’s tough to care for another
person when you’re besieged with aches and pains yourself.
In addition to the shot, the CDC offers these preventative actions in order to halt the spread of germs:
During flu season, it’s
also important to ensure you are getting enough sleep so that your
immune system is working as well as it can. At Home Instead, we have
options such as overnight care and respite care that can help with this.
For more information, please contact Home Instead of Central Oregon at
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