Help with the FluFlu Treatment and Support for Adults 65 & Up
The flu is a dreaded respiratory virus that is hard to deal with at any age, but it tends to be more severe in adults aged 65 and older. Every year, adults aged 65 and up make up about 50 to 70% of those hospitalized for the flu. The reason why is because older adults tend to have age-related immune defense deficiencies compared to younger, healthier adults.
Being prepared is your best defense. You can protect your senior loved one by making sure they are vaccinated against the seasonal flu and wash hands frequently with soap and water. Make sure they drink plenty of liquids and avoid crowds when unnecessary. Make sure they limit touching their mouth, nose, or eyes to avoid the transfer of germs. When coughing or sneezing, they should use a tissue or the crook of their elbow.
Flu vaccines are updated every year to keep up with mutations of the virus. Also, immunity wanes after a year, making annual vaccination the best possible protection against a severe bout of flu. The vaccine protects against flu viruses most common in the upcoming flu season. Older adults should also be up to date with a pneumococcal vaccine that prevents diseases such as pneumonia, meningitis, and bloodstream infections.
Contact a Doctor if You Notice These Symptoms
If you notice any of the following, call a doctor immediately:
Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
Severe muscle aches
Worsening of chronic medical conditions