Flu Season is upon us...
The temperatures are cooling and it’s officially fall. This is a time when people start getting their influenza vaccinations and for older Americans and those with compromised immune systems this vaccine is particularly important to get. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the people over 65 years old to get a flu shot.
Older adults tend to be at risk for life-threatening complications resulting from the flu. Seniors’ immune systems may be weaker compared to younger adults. It’s advisable that your loved one is protected against the flu to help cut down on flu-related complications and hospitalizations.
When is the Best Time to get a Flu Shot?
You may wonder when the best time to get a flu shot is. The CDC recommends getting the shot early in fall so by the end of October is the prime time to get it. The vaccination takes about two weeks to develop in one’s body. The flu shot is not 100 percent effective against the flu but it is the best way to prevent it. There is the standard vaccine as well as a couple of high dose senior vaccines. It is advised to talk with your doctor about which one is right for you and your loved ones.
What to Expect
While the flu shot is safe, there are mild side effects that may arise during the week it is administered. Seniors may experience any of the following effects: soreness, redness or swelling in the spot the shot was given, headache, muscle aches, fever, nausea and fatigue. The flu vaccine is recommended for all seniors but if you have an egg allergy, mercury allergy, fever or have Guillain-Barre syndrome, you must discuss with your doctor before getting the shot. In addition to these, it’s always important to pay extra attention during the week the flu shot is received.
Healthy Precautions for Avoiding the Flu
In addition to getting the flu shot, maintaining a healthy lifestyle also helps the prevention of the flu particularly during the time of COVID. Staying away from anyone who is sick is advised and if you have any symptoms of sickness, make sure you get plenty of rest and stay home.
Wash Your Hands
Washing hands with soap and water and avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth will help keep germs at bay. Clean and disinfect areas especially high touch surfaces and pay attention to how your body feels. Treating any early signs of sickness may shorten illnesses from creeping along.
Rest, Diet, & Exercise
Supporting a healthy immune system by eating a balanced diet and keeping stress to a minimum is one of the best preventative measures along with getting plenty of rest and keeping as active as possible. If you have trouble with any of these actions, talk with someone who love or a doctor about how to incorporate healthy steps in your lifestyle. Talking with someone who cares about your physical and mental health is a huge step towards staying healthy.
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