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Protecting our Seniors this flu season

Advantus home care-seniors and flu season
Protecting our seniors this flu season

As the winter months approach, it's important to protect our seniors this flu season and be mindful of the flu season and its potential impact on the elderly population. The elderly are especially vulnerable to the flu, as they are more likely to develop serious complications and even death due to the virus. It's important to take steps to protect yourself and your elderly loved ones from the flu this season.

The first step in safeguarding yourself and your elderly loved ones against the flu is to get vaccinated. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older receive an annual flu shot. This includes the elderly, who are at greater risk of serious complications from the flu. Vaccination can reduce hospitalizations and even death among the elderly population.

In addition to getting a flu shot, it is important to practice good hand hygiene, which includes washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the restroom and before eating. keep in mind you should avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, as this is an easy way to spread germs.

The elderly are also at greater risk of contracting the flu due to their weaker immune systems. It is important to take steps to boost their immune systems, such as making sure they get adequate rest and eating a healthy, balanced diet. Additionally, it is important to limit their exposure to large crowds, as this can increase their risk of catching the flu.

Let's keep our family safe this flu season. Consult and seek medical advice from your physician about the flu vaccine.

For In-home services contact Advantus Home Care at (516) 875-7555.

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