Kien D. from California is 69 and lives alone. He recently had to press his BlueStar medical alert because of a high fever and having the chills. EMS came and ended up taking him to the hospital, where Kien spent a few days under the care of doctors, getting fluids, and some needed rest. 

When we called to check up on him, we spoke to his son, who told us,

“Thank you for being there for my dad! This could have been a lot worse if he hadn’t gotten help when he did.”

Medical alert devices are not just for falls! They can really be used in any kind of emergency. We are glad Kien used his when he needed it. 

-The BlueStar Team

Seniors are one of the most vulnerable and affected groups by the flu virus. Even though winter is half over, it’s not too late to get your flu vaccine still; flu season officially lasts until March, and it can still be beneficial to get the vaccine even in January if you have not yet gotten it this season. According to the CDC, the nasal spray is the better inoculation method than the shot is, so you may want to consider that option instead of the traditional needle injection. Even if you have already gotten the flu vaccine, it is good to still take some precautions to not catch the virus; the vaccine is generally only 40 to 60 percent effective from contracting it.

Prevention Tips

The most notorious everyday items that carry the flu virus are doorknobs, telephones or shopping cart handles. It would be a good idea to clean these items often, or at least make sure after touching these items to not touch your face until you can wash your hands. Another flu precaution to take is to stay away from crowded spaces with large groups of people. The flu can be spread from coughing or contact from others. It might be difficult but definitely stay away from someone if you know they are not feeling well, even if they are your family members.     


Potential Complications

The flu in seniors can end up leading to secondary illnesses, such as pneumonia. If the senior already has an existing condition, such as diabetes, the flu can cause these symptoms to become even worse.  

What to do if you do get the Flu

The most important thing to do if you do unfortunately get sick with the flu is to make sure you do not spread it to others. This means staying home or as far away as people as possible, accompanied by washing your hands frequently. For seniors, it would also be very important to seek medical help. The doctor may prescribe antiviral drugs to help make you better faster, and they may prevent serious complications, like the ones mentioned above.

We hope you stay healthy and illness free this winter!