The influenza virus poses a serious health risk to seniors. According to the CDC, in a typical flu season, older adults account for 70 to 90 percent of flu-related deaths and 50 to 70 percent of hospital influenza admissions. Taking steps to avoid it is crucial.
Receiving the vaccine before the start of flu season is the first step to avoid being bitten by the bug. Taking additional precautions to stay healthy or help an older loved one avoid the flu are necessary, too.
4 Tips to Help a Senior Avoid the Flu
Call the Doctor at the First Sign of Flu
Despite your best attempts at prevention, you might find yourself or an older loved one coming down with the flu. Prescription antiviral drugs may help lessen the severity of flu symptoms and shorten the amount of time you are sick. The catch is they should be taken during the earliest stages of the flu. That’s why it is key to call your or your senior loved one’s physician when the first symptom appears.
Our final flu prevention tip is to make certain you and the older adults in your life aren’t avoiding the vaccine because of misinformation. “Busting the 5 most common myths about flu shots” is a great article to share with a loved one who is resistant to getting this vital yearly vaccine.