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The Flu Season is Serious, So Elder care at home is Preparing Seniors for a Long Lonely Winter!

Nov 9, 2017 by Alan White

The Flu season is upon us and is often a very serious time for seniors ages fifty and older. This is the time of year that it is important to take every health and wellness precaution and then some. Elder care at home stresses it begins with the flu vaccine. If your parent is not aware, they most likely will be offered a stronger dose of the vaccine as aging adults are more susceptible to the flu. In many cases, your mom or dad may become dehydrated, and if they have any other underlying medical issues, they may experience complications.

Since flu symptoms are contagious, it is critical for your parent to be cautious when socializing during flu season, September through February. If their friends are ill, it is all possible your mother or father should avoid socializing and interacting with anyone who has the flu or flu-like symptoms. If they do spend time with them, it is important to clean their hands and to avoid touching areas that have been affected by the person that is ill. If you touch the person or any items, it is best to wash your hands with warm water and soap. Washing hands are just one of the many good health habits one should follow. Also, soil tissues should be placed in the trashed and not left on surfaces that others will touch or brush against. It is important to avoid others that are sick and to cover the face when coughing or sneezing to limit the spreading of germs.

If your mother or father experiences the following symptoms, elder care at home recommends they seek medical attention:

  1. Breathing difficulties
  2. Dizziness, vertigo
  3. Vomiting
  4. Diarrhea
  5. Chest and or abdominal pain
  6. Confusion
  7. Flu symptoms that reduce and return with fever or a worse cough

Elder care at home recommends that if you haven’t been vaccination by now, you are overdue!

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