No one likes getting the flu, but for seniors, the consequences and potential complications of contracting the flu can be serious. Preparing yourself and your family sooner rather than later can make a big difference, so read on to find out how to properly prepare for flu season.
How to avoid the flu
The first step to avoiding the flu is ensuring that you are vaccinated before the flu season starts. Getting the proper vaccinations helps to significantly reduce the spread of the flu and the complications that can arise when it is contracted. According to the CDC, you should make sure you get your flu vaccination by the end of October each year. The immunity the vaccination gives takes a couple of weeks to take hold, so the sooner the better!
Vaccinations are even more important for the elderly and aging as their immune systems tend to be weaker than younger adults. You can head down to your doctor’s clinic or another local healthcare provider. Many retirement and assisted living communities also provide the necessary facilities for being vaccinated against the flu.
- Washing your hands – It is more important than ever to make sure that you wash your hands properly before eating or preparing food. You should also take more care to wash your hands if you have been around someone who is sick or if you start showing symptoms yourself.
- Avoid your face – Touching your eyes, nose, and mouth when your hands have germs on them makes the spread of infection much more likely. So, as well as washing your hands, you should also avoid things like rubbing your eyes.
- Avoid others who are ill – The flu is spread from one person to the next in a number of ways, so it is best to avoid close contact with people who are showing flu-like symptoms.
Making sure you’re eating right and staying hydrated and well-rested can also help to bolster your immune system this flu season. If you or a family member are in need of additional care during flu season, then our assisted living care solutions can give you the help that you need. Get in touch to find out more about our services around Winston Salem, Greensboro, High Point, and Kernersville.