Healthy Tips for Seniors: Healthy Tips for Flu Season
In the United States Flu Season most commonly occurs during the Fall and Winter. Influenza activity is more active during October and can last until late May, although peaks of Flu cases are seen in December and February. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the most important method of protection from the flu and its potentially serious complications. This year Texas is one of the four states that has experienced high influenza-like illness activity according to the CDC. Although hospitalizations due to the Flu have remained the same from previous years, the highest hospitalization rates are among people 65 years and older.
Although receiving the Flu vaccine is the first and most important prevention method, there are other habits to keep in mind that will reduce the risk of getting the FLU or getting sick in general. The following are steps recommended by the CDC that can aid in fighting the FLU this season.
- Vaccination: The Flu vaccine protects against virus strands that are considered to be common during the Flu season. Those at a higher risk for these virus strands are the elderly and those with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease.
- Daily recommended health habits include:
- Avoid contact with people who are sick.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water
- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like flu.
- If you are experiencing flu like symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, fatigue) it is important that you contact your physician for further assessment. It is also important to stay home for at least 24 hours if you have a fever to prevent spreading germs to others.
- If you are prescribed medications, it is imperative that you take them as prescribed.
To assist with Flu prevention, Senior Allegiance has partnered with Randalls Phamarcy to provide the
FLU vaccine for those who HAVE NOT YET RECEIVED THE VACCINE.
We will require your health insurance information for billing purposes.
Also always remember to consult with your doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment.