Tips for Seniors for Staying Healthy During Cold and Flu Season

Tips for Seniors for Staying Healthy During Cold and Flu Season
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The 2018-2019 flu season was responsible for about 280,000 hospitalizations and 25,000 fatalities among seniors 65 and older. Unfortunately, seniors are more prone than teenagers and younger adults to develop complications from the flu. While discouraging, this information serves as a timely reminder that seniors should take extra care throughout the flu season in the fall and winter.

There are precautions you can take to protect your health and safety this flu season if you're worried about getting sick.

 

Seniors' Tips for Staying Healthy During Flu Season

 

The fact that our immune systems change as we age is one of the main reasons why seniors are more susceptible to the flu. While you can't stop the aging process as much as we'd all like to! , there are steps you can take to protect yourself against the flu strain this season.

 

The tips listed below may also help you avoid COVID-19.


 

Masks should be worn in public

 

Masks can protect you against inhaled droplets containing the flu virus when worn correctly across the mouth and nose. In fact, according to a study, wearing a mask reduced the amount of virus distributed through the air by tenfold. When you're out in public, wear a face mask and obey the mask-wearing rules. Currently, wearing a mask is one of the most effective strategies to avoid catching a disease.

 

Frequently sanitize your home

 

Spend an hour cleaning your house the next time you have free time. Sanitize your phone, disinfect all countertops, appliances, light switches, and doors, and clean the restrooms thoroughly. Cleaning your home on a regular basis will help you avoid germs and bacteria that cause the flu.

 

Also Read: Things You Should Know About Vaccine Side Effects

 

Get vaccinated against the flu   First and foremost, if you haven't already done so, obtain the flu vaccine. The flu vaccine is the greatest approach to protect yourself from the flu, even if it isn't always 100 percent effective. While the conventional flu shot is available, two alternative vaccines for persons 65 and older have been approved: the high dosage vaccine (Fluzone High-Dose) and the adjuvanted flu vaccine (Fluad). Make sure to discuss these choices with your doctor. It's worth noting that the flu vaccine won't protect you from COVID-19. Learn more: Things to Know About the COVID Vaccine And Medicare

 

Get vaccinated against the flu

 

First and foremost, if you haven't already done so, obtain the flu vaccine. The flu vaccine is the greatest approach to protect yourself from the flu, even if it isn't always 100 percent effective. While the conventional flu shot is available, two alternative vaccines for persons 65 and older have been approved: the high dosage vaccine (Fluzone High-Dose) and the adjuvanted flu vaccine (Fluad). Make sure to discuss these choices with your doctor. It's worth noting that the flu vaccine won't protect you from COVID-19. Learn more: Things to Know About the COVID Vaccine And Medicare

 

Hugs and kisses should be limited

 

Hugging and kissing are ways to greet and say goodbye to loved ones. Unfortunately, pathogens can spread through these acts as well. Limit the number of hugs and kisses you give to loved ones during flu season and while we all fight our way through the epidemic.

 

If your grandchildren are sick, avoid contact with them

 

Even if you cherish and appreciate your grandchildren, you should keep your distance from them until the flu season and pandemics have gone. It is vital to avoid contact with them as much as possible if they are sick or have the flu. Even if your grandchildren appear to be in good health, encourage them to wear masks and exercise social distancing as we all try to keep one other healthy and safe.

 

 

As frightening as this year's flu season may appear due to the pandemic, there are still lots of methods to stay healthy!

 

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