While COVID-19 still dominates our health concerns, it’s essential to remember that other illnesses can be equally as dangerous, especially for seniors. Flu season is upon us, and it’s time to make sure the seniors you love are protected.
There are several different flu vaccines for seniors available, a few of which are specifically targeted to older adults. These include:
- High-dose vaccines
- Adjuvanted vaccines
- Intradermal vaccines
- Nasal spray vaccines
Generally, adults over the age of 65 are encouraged to receive either a high-dose or adjuvanted shot, but talk to the doctor for his or her advice.
If an older adult is reluctant to receive the seasonal flu vaccine, listed below are some important reasons to educate them on why it is so important:
- The immune system weakens as we get older, making it more difficult to recover from infections.
- Serious complications from the flu tend to be more likely in the elderly.
- 85% of flu-related deaths and up to 70% of flu-related hospitalizations occur in those age 65 and older.
- Secondary infections, for example, sinus and ear infections, bronchitis, and even pneumonia can develop from contracting the flu.
Along with receiving a flu shot, older adults can boost their immunity by:
- Maintaining a healthy diet that contains foods rich in vitamin C, D, and zinc, along with lean proteins and complex carbs.
- Staying physically active with regular exercise each day. 30 minutes per day is perfect, and can be broken down into smaller portions throughout the day.
- Keeping the environment clean and sanitized. A HEPA filter can also help with improving indoor air quality.
- Improving sleeping habits, striving for eight hours of sleep each night. Implementing a routine at bedtime that includes calming activities, limiting TV and technology, and keeping the bedroom cool and dark are all methods to help.
Remember that following COVID-19 safety guidelines can help with preventing other illnesses as well. Wash hands frequently, practice physical distancing, wear a face covering, and avoid large crowds.
Home Sweet Home In-Home Care’s caregivers are here to help! Let us provide transportation and accompaniment to doctors’ appointments and to receive a seasonal flu vaccine, in addition to our full range of in-home care services. We can also prepare healthy and balanced meals, encourage seniors to engage in regular exercise, and much more. Take the first step towards improving overall health for a cherished older adult by contacting the experts in home care in Dowagiac and other Michigan communities at (269) 849-9252 to request a free in-home consultation. Or, reach out to the office location nearest you: (269) 373-5444 in Kalamazoo; (269) 763-5350 in Paw Paw; or (269) 963-9888 in Battle Creek.