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.
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.
The flu in seniors can end up leading to secondary illnesses, such as pneumonia. If the senior already has an existing condition, such as hypertension, 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! BlueStar SeniorTech offers many solutions to keep you and your loved ones Safe, Healthy, & Connected. Learn more by visiting us online or call a product specialist today at (800) 300-1724, option 1.